If Marijuana Were Regulated Like Alcohol
Why THC and ABV shouldn’t be so different
DISCLAIMER: This is no way intended to advocate for the manufacture, importation, distribution or use of marijuana for recreational use. The content here is designed to be used in the context of a scenario planning exercise to generate innovative and creative dialogue.
Many believe that marijuana is a ‘gateway drug’ that often tempts its users into trying other, more dangerous drugs to achieve a stronger high. Marijuana is not just a gateway drug for its users, though, as it also becomes a ‘gateway crime’ to those who sell it. Criminals who participate in the illegal selling of marijuana often find themselves with clientele demanding other drugs and possible other means of illegal activity, such as the illegal sale of firearms. The criminals selling drugs must work together in order to obtain everything their buyers ask for; this networking often leads to the formation of street gangs. Keeping marijuana as an illegal, unregulated commodity is dangerous for the public and all who purchase and sell it.
In order to realistically deal with marijuana in Colorado, lawmakers created Amendment 64 to initially lay the ground for legalizing and regulating marijuana. The grounds for Amendment 64 were to treat marijuana similar to the sale of alcohol. As explained in the http://www.regulatemarijuana.org website,” It will also ensure that consumers know what they are getting when they purchase marijuana. Illegal marijuana dealers are not subject to quality standards, and they are not testing or labeling their products. In a regulated marijuana system, such as that proposed by Amendment 64, marijuana producers and retailers will need to adhere to strict rules and regulations similar to those governing the production and sale of alcohol.”
After Amendment 64 passed in Colorado, marijuana dispensaries were opened across the state. The new legislation required that all” industrial cannabis must not exceed 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis” according to Wikipedia: this meant THC levels would be regulated much like the alcohol content is regulated for all beer, wine and spirits. Having THC levels regulated makes using marijuana much safer for everyone; those who use it now can limit their usage to a safe level whereas with illegal marijuana the THC level is always unknown, as is the quality and purity.
The developing marijuana industry still struggles with regulation and disclaimers especially in regards to THC level disclosure and labeling. Although a group of students have come up with an idea for the industry to attempt self-regulation thru the use of a mere App. For more information check out their article: HTTPS://Medium.com/@reeferrals/BFF1093F713D
What do you think?