Saturday, May 25, 2024

These Weed-Filled Advent Calendars Are Causing Christmas Controversy

Green and red have always symbolized Christmas, but thanks to one Vancouver cannabis company, some have a keen focus on the green this holiday season.

Coast to Coast Medicinals decided to infuse the traditional Advent calendar with a cannabis enthusiast twist—instead of counting down the days until Christmas with chocolate treats, the company filled Advent calendars with marijuana and edibles. Interested customers could receive marijuana Advent calendars with only flowers, only edibles like marijuana-infused gingerbread cookies, or a combination of the two. The calendar will cost you somewhere between $200-230.

“We just wanted something fun and different for adults,” Lorilee Fedler of Coast to Coast Medicinals told BNN.

She thought of the idea after seeing other Advent calendars that contained beer.

“We didn’t expect it to be so popular,” she added.

Currently the unlicensed company has already sold 150 calendars, and 300 more orders processing. That’s all on top of a waiting list that includes more than 1,500 people.

The calendars have received some criticism from policy makers in the country. While Canada has voted to nationally legalize marijuana, the country hasn’t yet finished the legislation surrounding the limitations of marking marijuana prior to July 1, 2018, the proposed legalization date. Health Canada released possible regulations last week, which included limiting the coloring on packaging and placing health warnings similar to those found in tobacco products bought in Canada.

There was also fear that such advent calendars would attract the attention of children, who might mistake this weed-infused advent calendar for the traditional one.

However, Fedler said she did institute warning labels on the product and designed the calendar with ugly Christmas sweaters instead of the traditional Santa Claus and reindeer packaging.

“We didn’t make ours like the classic Santa or the reindeer or the snowman. We made ours like an ugly Christmas sweater,” Fedler said. “I can see [it being a problem] if we made it a copycat of the kids’ calendar and put some weed edibles in there, but we took it differently so it was not so attractive to the kids.”


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