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Park’s lone pot shop launches marijuana seed sales

Albertans can now purchase seeds in cannabis stores to grow their own marijuana at home. Fire and Flower, currently the only cannabis store in Sherwood Park, started selling a four-pack of seeds for $75 on April 12. Photo by Travis Dosser/News Staff

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It has been just about six months since marijuana use became legal in Canada and residents of Strathcona County can now buy what they need to grow their own.

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As of April 12, Fire and Flower, the county’s only marijuana shop, began selling marijuana seeds. Purchased through Alberta Gaming Liquor and Cannabis Commission, the store will have two THC-focused strains on offer from Tweed.

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“It is an exciting opportunity that we’ve never experienced before in the country and we’re here with the product and we hope customers embrace this opportunity,” explained Rob Cherry, vice-president general merchandise manager at Fire and Flower.

Under federal legislation, adults can grow up to four plants per household, however, renters, condo-dwellers, and those who live in multi-family dwellings may have restrictions or be completely restricted from growing. Cherry expects there are a lot of people who are interested in trying their hand at growing cannabis.

“Essentially all you need to do is buy the seeds, put them in dirt, water them, and you’ll be able to get some sort of yield,” explained Cherry. “The fail rate is less than five per cent and you get a pack of four. There is a very high probability that all four will grow and you’ll get a good yield.”

The two options from Fire and Flower are Bakerstreet, which is an indica dominant THC plant and the Argyll strain that is a balance of CBD and THC. Both options are produced by Tweed.

A four-pack of seeds sell for $75.

“It varies how much you’ll be able to get off each plant, but you’ll likely be able to get hundreds of dollars worth of cannabis, you basically get 10 times your investment back and you have fun doing it,” noted Cherry.

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The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission states anyone growing cannabis must keep the plant and products away from children and pets and keep the grow space locked. With the annual marijuana celebration 420 approaching, Cherry outlined this is an amazing opportunity for those who have always wanted to try and grow their own and for gardeners looking to try to grow a “new” plant.

“We will be selling organic craft kits as well, nutrients and all the supplements, we’ll be selling incubators, eventually we’ll be selling clones and later on we’ll have a better selection of seeds as well,” he explained.

Cherry thinks the whole endeavour is a great experience and it generally pays off with some marijuana that you grew yourself.

“For us, a big part of the appeal is how much fun it is. You get to plant the seeds and have fun doing it and we almost see the yields as almost like gravy, in a way,” explained Cherry. “If it goes well and you get a nice yield, you get to consume your own product, which is very exciting, but we also look at it like in a DIY category, where it is essentially a craft component.”

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The process could be comparable to making your own beer and growing your own vegetables or flowers.

“I equate it to when people go and buy $300-$400 worth of plants and flowers in the spring for their garden and people don’t think twice about those investments,” explained Cherry. “To me this is very much along those lines where you spend $80 on your seeds and plant them and enjoy the process of growing them and at the end, you get a great yield.”

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Fire and Flower is trying to corner the market for growing, stocking seeds, grow kits, and many other items used to nurture a marijuana plant to harvest.

“We’ll be selling seeds, we’ll be selling incubators, we’ll be selling grow kits, so it will be a one-stop shop, plus we have highly trained canistas who work there who can help people and answer any questions,” explained Cherry.

The company is also hoping to pair with some groups to create information sessions, workshops, classes, cooking classes and books, as well as material to hand out to customers who want more information on how to grow. He said they are currently in talks but do not have anything concrete yet.

Cannabis seed shop owner hopes business will grow

And Justin Rotella plans to be ready to embrace that “big change” when it comes.

The Port Colborne native who recently opened the doors of Rose City Seeds can’t dispense marijuana at his 405 East Main St. Welland business; however, he said current legislation does not prevent him from selling seeds.

And his shop is stocked full of a large assortment of seeds from all over the world, allowing his customers to grow a variety of cannabis plants.

“It’s all legit. These are all cannabis seeds for medical patients,” he said.

Purchasing and growing seeds within limits is legally permitted in Canada for medical users, who submit required documentation to the federal government for approval.

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“But in the end, if you’re 19 (years old) or older, pretty soon the law’s going to change. You’re going to be able to grow.”

New legislation regarding marijuana is expected to be in place by the spring of 2017. When that happens, Rotella hopes being at the root of the seed-selling business will put him an ideal position to expand.

“You have to start somewhere and the seed business is going to be one of the best businesses, I think, when the time comes.

“When everyone wants to start to grow, they’re going to go to the seed banks,” he said. “They have to go where they have to go to grow, you know what I mean.”

When the federal government starts licensing businesses to dispense marijuana, Rotella suspects companies that are currently involved in the industry will be first in line to be awarded those licences.

“I’m basically waiting for that, so Rose City Seeds will become Rose City Weeds,” he said. “But until then, it’s seeds.”

Rotella said he’s providing a service to people who are relying on marijuana for treatment of chronic pain and other ailments.

He said customers bring him their prescriptions and he’s then able to help them select plants that will best treat their symptoms. Whether customers have back pain or headaches, he said, “there’s so much different stuff that can address all of that.”

Rotella said he is a medical marijuana patient himself, using five grams of the drug daily to combat his insomnia, and it helps him better than pharmaceutical remedies he’s tried in the past.

Although physicians write prescriptions for marijuana, he said there’s no one available to direct people on what type of plants they need, at least not in Welland.

“We’re here to let people know that this is what will be available and you have no idea how much it can change your life to get off pharmaceuticals.”

Although a packet of a few seeds can cost $70 to $110 at Rotella’s shop, he said the plant that grows from those seeds can last users for years.

And in some cases, the plants can be harvested in as little as about eight weeks.

“This is going to be a really big change and I’m really anxious to see what’s going to happen,” he said.