Prompted by “The maturation of legalization”: http://www.drugwarrant.com/2015/11/the-maturation-of-legalization/
“I think this kind of thing is nice to see…”
“Mini joints: This Colorado mountain shop’s idea is a huge success”
“We thought it would be really great to have something portable that had just enough for you and a few friends,” Andrew Salini, chief operating officer at High Country Healing, said in a recent interview.
“Not everyone wants to smoke a gram. It’s a little intense,” Joe Lindsey, director of customer relations at HCH, said in a recent interview.
I long maintained that an audience for mild psychedelic experiences exists. Small cannabis portions also allow a user to relatively inexpensively buy a collection of strains for the huge exploration involving combinations (or salads) of strain effects that usually add at least more dimensionality to the experience.
That maintenance extends to combine cannabis popularity with high-quality mini-beer capsules (each about the size of an espresso shot), which apparently don’t exist (so color this as my innovation and prediction fwiw).
Having a beer at the tail end of a cannabis experience is sometimes fitting, but a full beer can be excessive in terms of effects.
Not being much of an alcohol drinker, my exposure to high-quality beers comes from my friends dedicated to exploring that quality range, and wow do they deliver. Nectar of the gods is usually my response to the samples they provide me, but I really hate getting drunk or even buzzed these days (I did enough of that in my younger days).
Mini-beers would allow me to enjoy a blast of that tasty nectar with a mild beer effect, and I could even chain different mini-beers throughout a session to blend those blasts for a nice beer embellishment.
The downsizing of cannabis portions is not a new concept for the rapidly evolving marijuana industry. To address safety concerns regarding wildly popular marijuana edibles, Colorado regulators rolled out new rules in February requiring manufacturers to individually wrap edibles or demark products in increments of 10 milligrams (or fewer) of psychoactive component THC.
It’s been an about-face for the industry that, in the early months of legalization, was in a race to make the strongest edible.
The practicality of blasting off into the cosmos of the legalized cannabis landscape is limited. No doubt there’s a place for heavy psychedelic effects for the user capable of responsibly managing that ride (like qualified folks into extreme sports), and no doubt there should be freedom of choice to allow people to decide.
I loathe the idea of judicial regulation (all grounded in the blatantly illegal redefining of the Commerce Clause that’s the “constitutional” basis for Cannabis Prohibition). Risk and tragedy are demonstrably inherent in reality, so regulations don’t deter tragedy as a net result. Instead, the abuse of those regulations becomes the risk and tragedy (at taxpayer expense and other tragic losses of liberty), and the slippery slope of regulating risk (equal to defining liberty clearly against the obligatory unalienable right to liberty factually disgracefully ignored throughout our nation’s history) grows to no clear limit of government power (and the mass abuses that historically come with — including those igniting the American Revolution).
To read the full grounding and proper details of that critical legal issue, feel free to at least read the also-innovative Commerce Clause section of our Liberty Shield informational roots.
The upcoming ballot measure to regulate cannabis like alcohol in Massachusetts contains a ridiculous and outrageous limit of one ounce. For people then interested in building a cannabis palette in a state where medical availability is increasingly losing the ability to buy anything less than a quarter ounce of a chosen strain (another outrage against healthy choice requiring ‘mild vapor’ fans to freeze most of the flower), that means only four strains for that palette.
The bottom line is the cannabis industry has a long way to grow, and I will do my best to help shape that growth for public safety and other benefits against abuse. That abuse includes the psychedelic variety as well as the judicial one.
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