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Medical marijuana in Ottawa is cheaper by mail


A University of Ottawa student dropped into a marijuana shop on Rideau Street this week to buy some weed to help with her insomnia.

She considered the dried bud on display in jars at Life Line Medicinals, and asked to see a variety called Girl Scout Cookies. The clerk opened the jar and she gave it a sniff. “Do you mind if I touch?” she inquired. Sure, he said.

The clerk dipped his hands into the jar, scooped weed into a plastic cup and weighed it on a scale before popping it into a Ziploc bag for her.

The bud at Life Line sells for between $10 and $14 a gram, typical for Ottawa’s illegal pot shops.

If the student had obtained a doctor’s prescription and made her purchase from Tweed Inc., the legal medical marijuana grower in Smiths Falls, she would have paid an average of $8.75 a gram.

If she had strolled down Rideau and found a street dealer, she probably would have paid around $9.

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December 9, 2016
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