Cannabis fans gathered in downtown Toronto for the first-ever Love Market, an ephemeral marijuana store with a Valentine’s Day theme.
More than 25 cannabis companies, a pot juice bar, live music and a photo booth, first-year buyers of the Love Market were able to buy marijuana and related products, including edible.
The event is probably a taste of what the future holds, according to the organizing group, which plans to organize such events every month in Toronto.
Sarah Gillies, co-founder of High5, the company behind the project, says she expects such events to become more popular once the pot is legalized.
“When I search for a local, I get a lot of” no, but call me when the pot will be legal, “Gillies told CBC Toronto . “I think a lot of people are getting ready to hold events like this, but remain cautious because of the risks. ”
Ms. Gillies has been involved in organizing such events for the past two years. Although they are illegal, she says she never had any problems with the police.
“When the police come (to our events), she makes sure that everything is going well, and so far, everything is fine (with them),” she said Sunday night.
On Sunday, Tania Cyalume of Bloom High Tea Social Club sold assorted organic, gluten-free and vegan products. According to her, many customers are waiting to enter even before the doors open.
“We are pleased to be able to sell our products in this type of market. We can have a closer connection with the “patients” and have a place where they can come and feel safe, “Cyalume said.
“A true community”
Tijen Yalchin, owner of Earth Kisses Sky, which offers a variety of herbal products, says he appreciates the community that surrounds the marijuana industry.
“I feel good connection and support from each of the vendors,” Ms. Yalchin said during the event.
She added that the turnout was “phenomenal” compared to other ephemeral markets in which she participated.
Janine Morra, who works for a cannabis magazine, agrees with Ms Yalchin. “Whether for smokers or vapers, those who want edible products or ointments, there is something for everyone,” she said. “It’s not just a market, there’s entertainment, it’s a real community. ”