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Alaska just passed a law which would allow consumers to buy weed and smoke it all in the same facility, making it the first state to do so.
Simply put, this law allows cannabis users to smoke their goods in the store right after purchasing them.
Customers will have an option to light up their joints, blunts, and pipes in a fashionable consumption area which will be physically separated from retail spaces.
Regulators in Alaska worked on this bill late last year, when they decided that they will allow for on-site consumption after all. The state’s Marijuana Control Board voted 3-2 in favor of on-site consumption.
Now, let me tell you why this is a bad idea.
Nobody wants this
Trust me when I say—nobody wants this. Not even heavy smokers.
I have lived in a European country where smoking cigarettes was allowed just about everywhere. Caffés, restaurants, clubs, big music events in indoor facilities, feel free to light up a cig anywhere you want.
Saying it was horrible would be putting it lightly, and I was a smoker at that time. I smoked a pack every two days, I’d smoke a few cigarettes every time I’m out with the boys, and it would still bug me that smoking indoors is allowed.
Sure, cannabis is a lot different than cigarettes, it doesn’t smell the same, or linger in the air as long, but the general tenet is the same—it’s still second-hand smoke in the air being inhaled by you and the people around.
The truth is, not even smokers want to be surrounded by smoke at all times.
And then, there’s also the fact that some stores may be swamped with tourists and foreigners not really familiar with Canadian (American) etiquette. If you’ve ever been to the Netherlands, you know what I’m speaking off.
Tourists often flood the coffeeshops in Amsterdam, which in return raised the prices of their weed so much that the Dutch people don’t even want to shop there.
Another thing to think about is how these places will be designed, as the ventilation will have to be fairly decent in order for your customers not to feel hot and smokey. That’s another deterrent from the store.
What is the real solution?
So, if smoking indoors shouldn’t be accepted, what should be?
I know it’s not much different, but here’s a proposal – don’t allow for smoking, but rather vaping only.
That way you get around the whole second-hand smoking issue, the facilities won’t have to be as heavily aerated, and fewer tourists would come if having your own vaporizer is a necessity.
The dispensaries and stores could go around the issue of vaporizers by selling them on the spot, as cheap versions of vape pens that are used with pre-filled cartridges are now widely available in most legal states.
That’s really the only win-win solution in which the stores don’t suffer, and the public still gets on-site consumption.
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