Marc Emery's Cannabis Culture
307 Hastings Street West, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H6
More than a store and a vapor lounge, CCHQ is a political statement.
|Store Type |||Accessories, Alternative Therapies, Gifts, Hobbies, Art, Other Services, Books|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Cash|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver City Centre|
|Getting There |||#10, #16, #20, #135, #160 on Hastings|
|Cross Street |||West Hastings and Cambie|
|Mon-Wed: 10AM-7PM Thurs: 10AM-8PM Fri-Sat: 10AM-10PM Sun: 12PM-7PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 28, 2009
CCHQ’s store focuses on marijuana information, hemp clothing and paraphernalia. Cannabis Culture Magazine, which is put together in CCHQ’s offices, and a variety of literature about marijuana, is available. Whether you want to learn to grow your own or just do a weed-based crossword puzzle, it’s here. You can also find information on magic mushrooms and shamanic plants. Clothing and bags, made from hemp and other sustainable fibers, are also for sale. And of course there are pipes, vaporizers and glass bongs made by local artists. Plus all the pot accessories you can imagine and some you’ve never thought of.
The Vapor Lounge
Tucked away in the back of the store is a sectioned off area with couches and tables with odd machines on them. These are vaporizers, an innovative way to smoke pot. The machine heats the marijuana to the point of evaporation, thus eliminating the burning smoke. This method of smoking pot is recommended for those with medical conditions as it reduces the risks associated with smoking. In the vapor lounge at CCHQ, you have to bring your own bud, but then you can use their machines to inhale the vapors. Drinks and snacks are available to help alleviate the munchies.
The Political Statement
Before CCHQ was called CCHQ, the store was known as the British Columbia Marijuana Party Bookstore. And the store is still the political party’s home base. Their goal to legalize marijuana is apparent in the literature they sell and the culture they promote. The store provides an alternative to the anti-drug stance of big government. In doing so, CCHQ normalizes marijuana use. Lots of people smoke pot, and CCHQ isn’t afraid of supporting their community openly.
Take note: Wheelchair accessible