The ratio of extracts to buds is probably about 60:40. Of course, there are also smokable extracts as well—hash and shatter and things like that—which are also very beneficial but are used in a smoke format. People are more inclined to use edibles when they know it's a safe amount. People do not want to ingest vast amounts of THC and hallucinate. That's not what they're looking for. People tend to smoke because it's easily titrated. You have the amount you need and then you're done. With edibles, it can be a long wait.
Edibles can be very useful for pain relief and for longer-term effects, especially for medical users who don't want to be smoking constantly. They find the right dosage in an edible or suppository, which by the way is an incredible way of using cannabis, with very low psychoactivity and good to get a high dose, medicinally or otherwise. When they talk about legalizing—oh, we're going to sell it in liquor stores—are you going to sell cannabis suppositories in liquor stores?
We sell a cannabis cream called MJ creams. There's no psychoactivity at all; you rub this cream on your skin and it's great for psoriasis, eczema, and topical pain relief. This could be put on a baby or on anybody of any age. I don't see any reason to have an age limit on a cannabis-infused cream that has no psychoactivity.
We have to broaden the range of things that we're looking at. At our dispensary it is very rare for somebody to come back and say I took too much of the edible and I had a bad experience. We tell people, as doctors do with prescription drugs, start up with a lower dose. If that doesn't work, work your way up to a higher dose. Try a little more at a time until you reach the point where you're getting the effect you want, and then you've got enough.
If the government is not going to allow edibles and extracts, we're going to continue to sell them through dispensaries, through the black market. They'll be unregulated, but we do our best to make sure these products are safe and labelled. Given the constraints of legality, we do our best, and I think we do a pretty good job already: a lot of the fearmongering around edibles and extracts simply hasn't materialized in Vancouver, or Toronto, or other cities that have dozens and dozens of dispensaries. We're not really seeing a lot of problems coming out of this, and that's an unregulated, self-regulated market. If we have some proper rules in place, the problems will be minimal.