Here’s a quick brainstorm. Consider these two different examples:
1) Weed is sold pre-packaged at corner stores and Kwik-E-Marts in the same way that 40’s of Old English and cases of Natty Lite are currently sold. Show your ID, present your method of payment...it’s that easy to purchase a couple grams or some joints or vape pens or however Phillip Morris decides to package the cannabis they are selling.
2) San Diego has a bunch of breweries and a pretty damn decent local craft brew scene. Now that weed has been legal for a couple of decades the cannabis equivalent of breweries (what’s a good name for them? Let’s call them weederies for now) have popped up and the cannabis scene has changed from “medical” patients and sketchy overpriced and overtaxed dispensaries to a hip craft cannabis scene with weederies being proud of their unique and high quality strains. Sure, some good buds with very specific terpenes cured for a year or some rare Dr. Grinspoon type buds are going to cost you...but it’s not just about the buds, it’s about enjoying those buds in a nice weedery with your friends and having a good time and blowing a bunch of money on the awesome food truck outside.
Is example 1 a bad thing? I mean, Phillip Morris and RJ Reynolds are some pretty shitty corporations...but weed is legal and widely available.
Is example 2 a possibility? If so, what’s the path to getting there like? What obstacles would be in the way and how would you overcome them?
Now, this might sound crazy, but I’m thinking that if example 1 were a reality then it would be more feasible for example 2 to become a reality. Taxes are too high? Guess who hates high taxes and has lots of experience lobbying against them. Yup, those evil bastards with Big Tobacco. Same thing goes with going from dispensaries that you can’t smoke in to full fledged weed bars like the coffee shops in Holland. If Big Tobacco wants to sell weed I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to make it as available and normalized as possible.
On the flip side, those evil bastards can’t be trusted.