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With election day looming in November, opponents of the marijuana legalization ballot initiative, Measure 91, are amping up the reefer madness rhetoric a few notches for good measure. The No on 91 Campaign held a press conference yesterday displaying a wide assortment of candies and sweet treats, warning ominously that children will be targeted by medible makers and dispensaries (despite the fact that selling to them will still be illegal under state law should Measure 91 pass). They also displayed baggies containing 1 ounce of dried hops and 8 ounces of dried hops, trying to prove that the new legal weight limit is beyond what could be needed for personal use.
These people need a major wake-up call. The average user won’t be walking around with multiple ounces of dried cannabis flower in their possession. Some medical marijuana patients and recreational cannabis users will grow the majority of their own cannabis. For these people, the cannabis they grow produces a harvest which will likely exceed one ounce. They need to be able to legally store their marijuana to smoke, cook with, or otherwise process at a later date.
As far as the average cannabis user, who relies on retail dispensaries for their stash? Chances are pretty good they won’t be buying up their full eight ounces when they walk into a dispensary. If they did, it would likely dry out and become less potent well before they used it all. Instead, the average recreational marijuana user will be buying a day to a week’s amount of smokeable flower, cannabis concentrate, or marijuana medibles at a time to ensure peak potency and minimum impact on the weekly budget.
The thing that the No on 91 prohibitionists don’t seem to understand is that medibles, marijuana-infused candy, and cannabis itself are already readily available to young people on the black market. Companies don’t target teenagers with candy; they target adults that they can legally sell their products to. After all, the vast majority of Americans who regularly enjoy candy are over the age of 18.
There’s no telling yet what impact this new fear-heavy campaign will have. While some claim that support for Measure 91 is too low to predict the outcome, others question the methodology of the poll being cited and point to more scientific polls which indicate strong support for the measure. As the election draws closer, it’s safe to say that prohibitionists will continue to get more hysterical in tone as they stare down the coming “weed-pocalypse.”
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