When federal legalization comes Oct. 17, adults in most provinces will be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants per residence for personal use.
Justin Cooper, the owner of Pacific Northwest Garden Supply, expects some of them to come to one of his eight stores in B.C. for a grow setup.
Cooper, 45, has been running his hydroponics and garden supply business for 25 years, since the boom of “B.C. Bud” in the early ’90s.
While his clients tend to be large-scale producers — some operating with federal medical-access licences and some licensed producers — he anticipates increased interest in home-grow following legalization from Canadians seeking to yield a pound every few months or at least pick up a new hobby.
“There’s a barrier to entry for people cultivating, there’s a fear associated with, ‘Oh, I don’t know what I’m doing,’” Cooper said.
“Really — and I might