Diane Francis, Financial Post
'Vansterdam" was front and centre during the Winter Olympics and its downtown streets were full of revellers who partied even though the liquor stores were closed much of the time.
That's because pot was everywhere, and several foreign commentators remarked on its popularity. This is nothing new. Marijuana has been essentially decriminalized in the Lower Mainland and the annual export crop has been bigger than forestry for a decade.
Trafficking for export is still illegal in Canada, but it appears as though one of the biggest markets, California, is likely to legalize cannabis in the Nov. 2 elections.