In B.C. its effectively been legal for years,Vancouver anyways.There have been shops on city streets that are loosely medical,you need a card which wasnt hard to get.The city regulated where they set up,not close to schools and no selling to minors.Legal tax paying small businesses,it worked well,everyone got along. Now it will be govt. sanctioned shops,be interesting to see how this works here in Vancouver.
What Onewizard is referring to about Tomatoes to Weed controversy is this I believe..In Delta,our local agricultural area a few years ago a big farm put a giant factory greenhouse on viable protected growing land for growing hothouse tomatoes.It was rationalized as it gave our area tomatoes all year long instead of importing.But alot of people questioned why it should be built on acres of good growing land instead of an industrial area.Growing in pots can be done anywhere.
Now the giant facility has switched to growing weed,alot more money in this.The smell is really strong and all the locals are complaining.I ride my bike that way and its strong.
I was coming out of the gas pumps in Squamish this summer and a car was jockeying a too fast three point turn and almost backed into me.My bright LED running lights saved me just as his bumper touched my front tire.As he opened his window to apologize,the weed smoke was pouring out.The weed they have now is so strong thinking is hard let alone driving,could be open season on bikes.Some of the states that have legal weed are still working on road side tests for impairment,its not there yet!