By Canada Day on July 1, 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expects to legalize all forms of marijuana in Canada. The country is still waiting on the legislation, but individual provinces will be able to practice their own cannabis laws. Many provinces have already begun discussing for local cannabis law, including Saskatchewan, which has a history with marijuana that dates back to the 1990s.
During this time, farmers were growing other crops like wheat to make money, which ws also around the time when Canada legalized commercial hemp production. After hemp became law in 1998, farmers began growing the plant in their fields with their other crops. Rod Flaman is among one of these farmers who’s been growing since 1981, when he learned early on that he couldn’t keep making money just selling wheat. When hemp became legal, Flaman joined the industry and began growing, but he wasn’t alone because eventually farmers in the area overproduced the crop, “The market was very, very slow and within a couple of years the farmers that were growing it over-produced for the market that was there. People were ending up sitting on their harvests for two, three years. So we gave it up.” Flaman joined the industry again when he realized the monetary gains from medical marijuana and the growing industry in Saskatchewan and all of Canada.