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Mail order marijuana, a modern marvel

by Amanda Spriggs

An oft echoed concern voiced by marijuana seeking individuals well past their college days just may have a solution.

While Canadians find themselves in the midst of a long overdue cultural shift with most federal parties supporting either decriminalization or legalization (with the exception of our Conservative overlords, of course) the sticky icky itself is still something many toking adults feel uncomfortable attempting to procure.

Some have lamented to this reporter, behind closed doors, that they would love the little luxury of the occasional joint were they not impeded by hurdle of not knowing how to obtain it.

Get ready to fall on your knees in abject shock over the amazing power of the interwebs, folks: Mail Order Marijuana, delivered often unknowingly by Canada Post, is a thing.

One such website, said to be reliable by online cannabis users and confirmed by an anonymous Haligonian source, is Bud Buddy professes safe, discreet and guaranteed interactions with clients, including using a vacuum sealing process to eliminate traces of even the dankest nugget's scent.

Operating since 2003, Bud Buddy attributes its success to discrete business practises which include attempting to stay out of the limelight when it comes to the media (a likely explanation for the lack of response to my interview request).

Bud Buddy's website does acknowledge that "there is certainly a serious risk involved for us in doing this," but also notes that "So far, Canadian police have had higher priorities than going after us."

My source confirms that he's never had any issues, legal or otherwise, with ordering from the site "I'm not sure I should even be saying this," he chortles "but I've had nothing but positive dealings with them (the website)". He offers that his anecdotal evidence is not intended as an endorsement "I mean, honestly their prices are a little steeper than you'll find locally and the shipping cost is a there is the associated risk of ordering something illegal". Though he notes he enjoys the large selection of available strains found online, he's quick to point out that for him it's only a viable option when his local sources are dry.

Canada Post was unavailable for comment as of deadline, but has previously stated in a Toronto Sun article from 2004 that, "It is not up to Canada Post to shut it down."

If you haven't yet dropped your magazine in favour of racing to your computer to browse the exotic strains available, stay with me for a few more sentences as I touch on the downside to this seemingly wonderful modern amenity.

First off, mail order marijuana sites pop up just as frequently as they disappear in Canada as un-suspecting stoners are wonderful fodder for scam artists. Think on it for just a minute. Who, exactly, are you going to run to if your order doesn't arrive? The Better Business Bureau? The Mounties?

Also, prices seem to be greatly inflated compared to what you might find from your local pot slinger and a mandatory shipping charge of $20 seems standard on most websites. Finally, consider the impact sending your money out of province might have: buying locally isn't just important for the legal economy, ya know.

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