Vape lounge owner wants to teach people how to grow pot

Owner of Vapelated Lounge, Leo Lucier, wants to start the classes later this month, depending on what the federal government releases in its updated regulations on growing marijuana.
Owner of Vapelated Lounge in Windsor, Ont., Leo Lucier, wants to start the classes later this month. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

A new class designed to teach people how to grow marijuana is expected to create a lot of buzz in Windsor, Ont.

Leo Lucier plans to start the classes later this month at his downtown cannabis vaping lounge, which already provides a space for medical marijuana users to consume their pot.

Launching what he calls the School of Higher Learning at his Vapelated Lounge will depend on what new regulations the federal government introduces.

In February, a Federal Court judge struck down regulations restricting the rights of medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis, giving Ottawa six months to come up with new rules.

No one has signed up for classes yet, but Lucier doesn't suspect he'll have any difficulties finding students.

Despite his enthusiasm, Windsor police warn that anyone caught growing pot illegally could face charges. Spokesman Const. Andrew Drouillard also warns about the dangers of growing marijuana.

"The reason why it is dangerous to grow these things is because mold and other health hazards that can occur," he said of the risks using chemicals and electricity. "That puts the people who are producing it in danger and the neighbouring houses in danger as well."

OPP officials had similar comments, saying possessing marijuana is still an offence.

Moving toward legalization

Lucier plans to teach proper pot growing techniques and possibly sharing recipes to make food with marijuana. He has room for about 40 students and he plans to charge around $1,000 for the three-to-four month course.

He has also run all his ideas by his lawyer, which is why he's waiting for government's announcement before starting his classes. Lucier is counting on the government to decide how many plants people with medical cards can grow on their own.

As the government inches it's way to legalizing marijuana, Lucier predicts the region will be a hotspot for marijuana dispensaries because of its proximity to large markets where pot is legal.

"You're going to see dispensaries pop up left and right in Windsor," he said. "Let's face it people, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio - (that's) 50 million people - where marijuana is legal, so this might be the biggest hot spot for the marijuana industry."