Quebec’s Underground Cannabis Market Isn’t All ‘Bikers and Mafia,’ Grower Says

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Inside a loft not far from downtown Montreal, silver ventilation tubes snake across the ceiling of a long, narrow room where blooming cannabis plants reach for powerful lights.

"Luke," an experienced grower, has a valid medical licence to treat an existing condition. But he also sells illegally to a half-dozen clients, many of whom he says rely on the drug to treat conditions of their own.

He estimates there are more than 100 small operations like his own, hidden in plain sight in businesses and homes around the city.

"There's a big conception that it's all bikers and Mafia," Luke said of the city's illegal cannabis market.


This article is written by Benjamin Shingler with commentary by Professor Alan Young.