Going Out

INSIDE TWEED: Examining the government’s new approach to medical marijuana

Originally published in the October 2014 print issue of Ottawa Magazine.

Photo by Julie Oliver
Photo by Julie Oliver

From job opportunities to outcries from doctors and medical marijuana users, there is much to be gained and much to be lost with the introduction of new laws governing pot production. In “Seeds of Change,” journalist Ron Corbett visits Tweed Inc., the marijuana factory in Smiths Falls, for an inside look at how they’re building the industry. Corbett also talks to legalization advocates such as Mike Foster of Crosstown Traffic, medical marijuana users who prefer the ‘grow your own’ system, and Health Canada — who sees no disconnect in the rollout of the new process (“It seems that while one arm of the federal government was crowing about the birth of a new industry, another arm was looking at the product of this new industry and saying, ‘It’s pot, right?’ ”).

Here, a few excepts from the article by Ron Corbett, with photos by Julie Oliver.