Cannabis in Canada is still widely illegal. With a new government entering parliament in 2016, the odds of legalization, further criminalization, or decriminalization of marijuana coming to fruition are still to be determined. But despite that, black-market growers and grey-market marijuana dispensaries are more prevalent than ever. And the sometimes-dangerous, legally dubious process of manufacturing weed oils and other concentrates is rising in popularity, with growers investing tens of thousands of dollars to make sheets of potent pot wax.
With the legal fate of weed still in the balance, VICE host Damian Abraham went to BC, the Wild West of Canadian chronic, visited grows operating illegally or semi-legally, met concentrate manufacturers making large quantities of oil in spite of the law, and checked in on the exploding dispensary scene that the federal Conservative government is trying to shut down.