If you've never had BC Bud, its some of the best in the world
Preface: I don't say any of this to shit on the current scene, but to lament what it could and should be. BC Bud should be analogous to French wine, down to the AOC system establishing provenance and quality from start to finish. But it's fucking not, and not anywhere close.
BC Bud on the black market, maybe. 20 years ago before Breeder Steve got busted, maybe. Legal market today? 😂 🤣 No. There are like two or three breeders in BC that are respected internationally- Michigan has more. The products are overpriced and packaged terribly. The service in dispensaries is far, far worse.
Right now the BC legal market is mostly full of charlatans, hucksters, and corporate hacks peddling overpriced moldy buds. The only thing that's impressed me about any legal weed north of the border is that people can sell it without feeling embarrassed.
From a 30,000 foot perspective, nothing about legal BC bud is as good in quality or value as legal options in states like California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Colorado... or even the black market in places like NYC, Philly, and DC. Point blank, I have had better bud at better prices delivered to my door in all of those places than in BC.
In the US, I could open a container and make sure that the buds aren't moldy. I could take a dab of a concentrate before I could buy it. I could ask people if the meds helped them sleep or with anxiety. I could ask and get answers about how the buds were grown and processed.
Not in BC. I never had anyone tell me with a straight face that a half-gram of mediocre concentrate is $50. I ask how a strain effects someone and I get told to "ask my doctor," like Canadian doctors have any kind of special cannabis training or knowledge. It's ridiculous and should be mocked mercilessly.
I don't think anything about a market built on price gouging consumers for mediocre products via a forced governmental monopoly is worth celebrating. Cannabis should be about bringing healing resources to people that need them, not a few rich greedy assholes making money off of everyone else by trying to force people to buy their terrible products.