Is it legal to grow poppies in Canada?

I find poppies overwhelmingly beautiful! I just stare at them and think about how they have altered human society … so much pain has been relived by the milk (opium) from their pods … and far too many lives have been destroyed or totally lost because of them.

The legality of poppies in Canada confuses me, it isn’t rare to see them growing in ornamental gardens and you see their seeds for sale almost everywhere. Are all red poppies “opium poppies” or are the varieties commonly seen all over Canada a totally harmless opium-free poppy? I just spent an hour reading about this on the internet and feel more confused than ever! I guess that is drug laws for ya …

Poppy blooms are very pretty but if you pick them with hopes of having them in a vase inside, they almost instantly fall apart. To enjoy them, you have to be with them outside, which I think is part of their magic!

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