I’ve often said that one of the more interesting aspects of cannabis law reform is how it will change the future. Think about the state of cannabis in 1950; now, imagine where things will be in 2050.
The amount of change overall – especially when it comes to technology – that will occur within those 100 years is staggering to think about. And within all that change and advancement will come the normalization of cannabis.
A recent story in The Guardian highlights a harbinger of this evolution. The topic is a new trend of people infusing cannabis into their wedding celebrations, like a bride in Texas that “walked down the aisle holding a bouquet of sunflowers and weed leaves. Guests were served slices of a THC-infused cake and treated to a dab bar where they could take hits of potent, concentrated cannabis oil via a vaporizer while a ‘budtender’ rolled joints – strains of sativa, a stimulant, at the start of the event; hybrids after the service; indicas to wind everyone down at the end of the night.”
Something like this – hard to imagine even 10 years ago – could be considered commonplace 10 years from now. That’s how fast things are moving. In fact, cannabis is perfect to replace alcoholic beverages like wine at a myriad of different events.
There will come a day when marijuana is as ubiquitous and unremarked upon as alcohol is today. It will be considered by the vast majority of people as simply not a big deal, somewhere we have to get if legalization is to truly ever take hold.
We have to get past the notion that marijuana is something dangerous that needs to be heavily regulated and restricted. Not only is it not dangerous, it’s something respectable people can make part of their wedding if they so choose. Besides alcohol and tobacco, what other “illicit” substance can you say that about?
The first step to changing marijuana laws was to make people care, because they didn’t before; if they had, cannabis would never have become illegal in the first place. Now that people care and are aware of the need to change the laws, the next step is to get to a point where people no longer care again.
Stores are filled with products that most of the population doesn’t care about, but are legal for the portion of the population that does care to buy. Most people who walk into a Wal-Mart aren’t looking for a lawnmower and don’t care that they could buy one there if they wanted to. But for the people who do want to buy a lawnmower, it’s a great thing to be able to go in and buy one with no hassle and without anyone really even noticing.