Legal pot push for Canada comes closer to reality

Tiffany Kawaja, a 22-year-old manager of Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture in Vancouver, demonstrates...

Tiffany Kawaja, a 22-year-old manager of Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture in Vancouver, demonstrates "dabbing" - vapourizing pot essence. (Thane Burnett/QMI Agency)

Thane Burnett, QMI Agency

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VANCOUVER - Sidewalk spats are nothing new to this city's faded Downtown Eastside, and they appear as often as buses.

Outside East Hastings' Vancouver Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary — one of many medical marijuana shops across North America that thrive, not without occasional police raids — owner Dana Larsen ignores a taunting critic.

The passerby is livid after overhearing mention of Washington State — and Colorado — voting in favour of axing criminal penalties for the possession and sale of recreational pot. Pending the U.S. government stepping in — a likely bet — it could lead to marijuana shops as common as Starbucks.


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