Two short months ago, I was really rolling, brainpower set on ten, cranking out Ten Reasons Why Medical Marijuana is Cannabis Commerce’s Ball and Chain. I was in the flow, relishing my freshly-minted persona as medical marijuana’s most vocal critic. I even began adding bonus reasons, the collateral damage was that great. Then “real life” intervened.
“Winning” limited medical marijuana initiatives — as opposed to repealing prohibition — invites legislators into a vicious cycle of creating, editing, and deleting whatever proposition or referendum you voted for after the fact. That insures endless regulatory skirmishes until the end of days.
Someone has passed Marketing 101 with flying colors — the kit is offered in Midnight Black, Metallic Silver, or Electric Blue, and that’s just the beginning. You can choose from a luminous assortment of chachkas to personalize it, including reusable skins, leather carrying cases, and rainbow-colored cones.
It turned out De Os was connected by a shared wall and ownership to Maya, a hemp products shop I wanted to video. Since everyone I asked had declined to be interviewed at De Os, I walked around the building till I came to the alluring front entrance of Maya. Ah — by then the management had sniffed out cannabis-commerce.com . . . and now they had a lot to say!
I’m embarrassed to tell you how weak my video came out for the Amsterdam portion of the expedition. Why is this video barely viewable, after all the superb stuff we shot in Leeuwarden? Warning; this is our worst video ever. It’s here because it captures the gloomy mood just days before cannabis tourism was banned.
This is exactly what I was talking about when I said big changes were coming. I’ve read one too many bulk emails from Steph Sherer and her patients-centric Americans For Safe Access. It’s all about the “patients,” is it? I think not! Not as long as I have something to say about it. As far as I’m concerned, a fight for patients rights is a fight against everyone’s rights.
Civil disobedience at its finest was on display as 25,000 legalization fanatics made their feelings known in one collective inhale as the clock struck 420 RMT. While the immediate atmosphere became a mite cloudy, the leanings of the packed, enthusiastic crowd were crystal clear: we want legalization, and we want it now.
Greetings Cannabis Commerce fans on five continents! Things have been too quiet here for the past few months. It’s time to emerge from the silence and explain what’s been going on.
While I resisted coughing up $6 for a bloody mary, my new best friends thought nothing of plunking down six times $4 for a constant supply of beer over the course of an NFL playoff game. They supplemented that with three of four shots of “Jack” at $4 a shot. That’s about $40 a game. But that was just the first game! I would have been on Cloud Nine with a $6 preroll.
Now that medical marijuana care centers in Cannafornia and Cannarado have served an insatiable public several years running, we can mine actual MMC pricing data — and make more meaningful inferences about the readiness of The World’s Most Promising Commodity to assume its rightful place as a consistent producer of government revenue.
Pro-pot, progressive-minded voters of NEO (northeast Ohio), are you envious of the tremendous legalization inroads made in pioneering states like Colorado? Well, with the benefit of a couple years worth of hindsight, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually improve upon legalization models developed by California and Colorado.
Consider a world in which marijuana products are available at the country’s gas stations, convenience stores, supermarkets, big box retailers, and anywhere alcohol and tobacco are currently sold, including concerts and sporting events.