Old-school Vancouver bong shop enjoys new cannabis era at Lift expo

The Lift Co. Cannabis Expo is bigger and flashier than ever, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t space for the little local legends.

All this weekend, colourful, selfie-friendly marketing displays stand next to shiny industrial trimmers, lighting rigs and joint pre-rollers at the Vancouver Conference Centre, where eager entrepreneurs and well-heeled executives are shaking hands and talking shop.

And standing behind some fold-out tables between two palm plants, Wes Kuitenbrouwer and Moss Tomlinson of Puff, the popular head shop with four locations across Vancouver, are keeping busy selling bongs, pipes, grinders and high-tech gadgets.

When Kuitenbrouwer co-founded Puff in 1995, he carried only glass bongs and pipes. Tomlinson joined him at the turn of the millennium and in the years that followed they’ve constantly expanded and updated the business to keep up with cannabis consumers’ demands for more variety in how they can consume the drug.

“Now we sell

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