Despite the media frenzy over candy “laced with marijuana” this Halloween, the city of The Colorado Children’s Hospital reported no accidental consumption this weekend. The vastly overblown story broke when the Denver Police Department handed of their video warning about the close resemblance of infused-edibles to Halloween candy.
Media outlets ran with the story, spreading fear to local parents and onlookers from across the country. Although industry experts are working furiously to inform consumers and give a sense of transparency to the marijuana industry, fear pervades the media portrayal of mainstream cannabis.
Joe Hodas, from Dixie Elixirs told Colorado’s 9 News that, “While it is of course great to feel vindicated as an industry that no kids were given marijuana candy illegally, we are first and foremost members of our own communities – we are neighbors, families and friends. As such, when I woke up to check the news this morning to make sure that our worst fears had not somehow materialized, there was no sense of relief, but rather it was sadness for all of the horrible auto accidents that had occurred overnight.”
Hodas is on the front-lines of edibles safety and it seems that Halloween this was another small victory for the edibles industry. The concerted effort for safety in cannabis consumption has lawmakers and dispensaries alike looking for ways to protect the public. Producers are releasing releasing the low edibles, informing consumers about how to tell the difference, and a pushing to change packaging requirements to keep patients and consumers safe.
With several more states voting on legalization next Tuesday, Colorado has proven once again that legalization is a workable solution.
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The vision of Halloween for most Americans involves a fun, yet frightening, family friendly event where kiddos dressed as witches, robots, power rangers, princesses and all animals known to man, parade around neighborhoods asking strangers for candy. But do not fear. Holiday fun can be had by adults, too! Find out why these five strains were deemed the spookiest this Halloween, and use them to liven up your costume while passing out candy to the children of strangers, hiding under blankets watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or any other activity that is not driving.
5. Girl Scout Cookies
A strain named after one of America’s favorite, sweet and tiny, addictive treats may not sound spooky at first, but do not be fooled by first impressions. This strain immediately transforms you into a cookie ravaging zombie on a killer mission to giggle until your cheeks and lips fall off.
4. Ghost OG
BOO! Finally, Ghost OG, a strain named appropriately for Halloween. These flowers are covered in white hairs that look like ghost orbs when photographed, but those are not the only reasons Ghost OG made the list. This strain will have you wearing goofy boots. Before you know what happened, you’ll be dressed in a bed sheet, covered in chocolate finger prints, and laughing wildly while jumping out of bushes to scare trick-or-treaters.
3. Alien OG
Alien gangsters attack! This strain is spooky, not only because of the name and trichomes that look like the surface of an alien planet, but because it gives users a period of great accomplishment, followed by unexplained amnesia. Alien OG will leave you so energized, focused, and motivated that you will clean the whole house in two hours, but then you won’t remember having done it. The only possible explanation is alien abduction.
2. Agent Orange
If you don’t associate the name Agent Orange with terrifying herbicidal warfare, you may not be spooked just yet. If the photo of these flowers does not remind you of a white room, filled with mad scientists in white lab coats, you still may not be spooked. This strain will leave you with such intense tingling sensations in the legs that you may end up thinking that they have been separated from the rest of your body by some kind of voodoo or a black magic.
1. NYC Diesel
The name, NYC Diesel, may not strike fear into the heart of millions. In fact, it may be one of the most perfectly balanced, mood-boosting, creativity sparking, stress and pain melting hybrid strains on the market. So why was this strain that, when described, sounds like the opposite of spooky, awarded the title of Spookiest Strain? If the long red hairs that cover these flowers like a wildfire don’t spook you, the way it creeps up on you will!
Disclaimer: Adults only, use responsibly, and be safe.
The Marijuana Policy Project of Maine has sparked some controversy over the Reefer Madness themed, pro-marijuana message depicted on a mobile billboard that will be driving around Lewiston through the end of the week.
The ad reads “Marijuana: Less toxic! Less addictive! Less scary than alcohol! Vote yes on Question 2!” It is targeting registered voters in the city of Lewiston who will have the opportunity to vote to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults, aged twenty-one and older, on election day. This is only a city-wide referendum that does not alter state law.
The billboard caused controversy for the volunteer director of Maine Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Scott Ganon. He reported to WCHS 6 that he thinks the Reefer Madness themed billboard looks like a joke, and does not take it seriously. Ganon is worried that the public may not trust the Marijuana Policy Project to responsibly draft regulations for legal marijuana legislation after taking a humorous approach with this billboard, which mocks the fear mongering movie released in cahoots with marijuana prohibition during the late 1930s.
David Boyer, Marijuana Policy Project assured WCHS 6 that the organization just aims to educate voters and draw attention to the fact that marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, and therefore should be legalized and regulated similarly. During the interview, Boyer pointed out,
“Having responsible education about that [marijuana] and making sure people are safe while they do it, is the better alternative to scaring people into not doing it. Because that doesn’t work.”
They expect this approach to encourage residents of Lewiston to exercise the right to vote. A similar referendum is on the ballot fifty-five miles away, in South Portland, and one was approved by voters on election day in Portland last year.
David Boyer is the same Marijuana Policy Project team member who challenged the chief of the South Portland Police Department to a hit for shot, weed vs. booze challenge, earlier this month to prove that marijuana is safer than alcohol.
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