originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: James1982
The container it comes it, the design on the package, etc are not going to have ANY effect on children using marijuana
People who have conducted psychological studies regarding cigarettes and alcohol would disagree with you. Smoking rates in our country dropped quite
a bit after we started hiding the cigarettes behind the counter among other things.
I'm in general agreement with you that we should not focus on this, as it really is a non issue in the end. What's more important is for the industry
to be ahead of these problems that can cause huge headaches for legalization efforts in other parts of the country.
It's a big picture, 'branding' type care that needs to be taken in regards to this new thing. Trust me, I've worked in this industry medically for a
very long time.
I'm sure they would. Psychological studies can say whatever they want them to say. Packaging will definitely play a part in deciding between brands,
but you aren't going to start smoking weed because it comes it a purple cartoon box that's really easy to open.
I agree with you that it's good for companies to get ahead of this stuff and quash it before the nut jobs start attacking them, but it appears this is
a government regulation not just stores planning to do this on their own. While rules about packaging may not have any negative effect on the legal
consumer, other things they are talking about do.
Edibles work very well for many people, especially people who don't want to smoke. Most find the taste of cannabis and it's extracts to be a bit..
cloying I guess would be an accurate word, it's kind of a sickly sweet taste that makes a lot of people gag. Edibles like infused chocolates, gummies,
etc allow the person to consume it without issue.
They sell adult multivitamins in candy flavored gummies. They put sugar coatings on many common pills to make them easier to swallow. Liquid medicines
are laced with fruit flavoring as well as tons of corn syrup. Not to mention the old school "a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down"
It's nothing new to be wrapping drugs up in more tasty wrappers. And there's nothing to indicate any nefarious actions at targeting minors. Yet people
seem to want to make candy cannabis into some sort of evil trick those dastardly potheads cooked up to get kids addicted to drugs! Oh noes! Why aren't
these same people fighting to remove candy flavors and sugar from other medicines? Because they take some themselves and understand without the
additives it would be nasty as hell.
It's just pure hypocrisy which is never ever a good or positive thing.
As for testing regulations, I support testing the stuff, but there's more to it than that. There doesn't exists a test that shows you whether your
sample is "clean" You can only test for specific things. So either the list of things tested for is all encompassing and therefore prohibitively
expensive, or you only test for a few things, which really doesn't offer any protection. Being "tested as clean" may make people worry less, but in
reality will do little to curb contamination of the product. Unless done on a scale large enough that expense makes it impossible.
All the "tricks" used by nefarious black market growers just don't really have much of a purpose for a legal market. Educated consumers can easily
detect adulterants in their product, and those adulterants are used to try to bring a low quality product to a higher quality price by how it looks.
The stuff that will be sold is already at that actual high quality point, it doesn't need additives to look good in other words.
Additionally the market works this out on its own. Testing in Oregon clubs has already been taking place for a long time now, simply due to patient
pressure and market trends. No law required.
edit on 24-6-2014 by James1982 because: (no reason given)