The Roll-Up #56: The Bud Drops in Canada

Published on October 21, 2018 · Last updated July 28, 2020
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A depiction of a cannabis bud hangs from the ceiling as a band plays at Leafly's countdown party in Toronto Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, as they prepare to mark the legalization of Cannabis across Canada. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)
The Roll-Up features co-hosts Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Alyssa Yeoman in a Friday morning roundtable about the week’s top cannabis news.

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The Roll-Up #56: Legalization Day in Canada

This week: The entire nation of Canada legalized cannabis on Wednesday, Oct. 17. No big deal.

The Roll-Up and Leafly Canada’s entire staff were there to cover it, experience it, and celebrate it. From the Tuesday night parties in Toronto to the first sale in Newfoundland to the smoke-ins and chocolate cake: This is what history sounds like.

Justin Trudeau, Dwayne Gretzky, 5-foot papier mache cannabis buds, Arcade Fire songs, Newfoundland sea shanties, Gord and the Tragically Hip, legal pardons, smoke-filled rooms, weird fuzzy cosplay, First Nations stores, CBC reports, Winnipeg shame, fat doobies and late nights in Montreal: This one nearly killed Bruce in the editing.

We hope you enjoy it.

What’s this show? Every Friday the Roll-Up crew—Bruce Barcott, Ben Adlin, and Alyssa Yeoman—dissect the week’s top stories in cannabis with analysis, arguments, jokes, and obscure cultural references.

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Got feedback? Bring it: Want more? Hit us up on Twitter: @therollup.It's the weekend. Refresh your supply.

Canada Goes Legal: Top Stories

Leafly’s Live 24-Hour CoverageLeafly correspondents and contributors from Newfoundland to British Columbia send in field reports on the historic day.

The Leafly Guide to Cannabis in Canada: Start here. Learn. Know. Expand your mind and follow the rules.

How to Buy Cannabis Online in Ontario: All the links and the info.

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Hey, Where Are the Cannabis Stores in Montreal? Yeah, we’ve got you covered. There are 12 stores open in Quebec, and here’s where they’re located.

How’d That Airplane Flight With Cannabis Turn Out? Yes, they made it to the CN Tower in Toronto. Here’s the full story and video.

Here’s What’s Up With Those Almost-Legal Stores in Vancouver: They’re in the application pipeline, and should be fully licensed soon.

Newfoundland Goes First

NL author Karen Silver

If you’re curious about the amazing culture of Newfoundland, check out Leafly contributor Karen Silver’s books Around the What? and The Great Foggy Day, available from FriesenPress.

The song at the end of her segment is “I’se the B’y,” a traditional Newfoundland shanty performed by local legends Great Big Sea.

When you want a full dip into Newfoundland music and culture, spend an afternoon at Fred’s Records on Duckworth Street in St. John’s. They can tell you who’s playing down the pub that night, or who’s got a kitchen party going on.Order Hemp CBD Online

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