Mmmmmm. The medical marijuana edibles shown in these photos by CBS News look delicious – and what is so wrong with that?
Though I don’t regularly eat a lot of cannabis edibles, I do sometimes enjoy the overwhelming but smooth bodystone that comes with eating baked goods prepared with marijuana. When I munch-down on pot treats, I can feel the herb acting on every muscle of my body, and it is often so relaxing that I drift off to sleeplyland. The feeling, for me, is similar to taking Tylenol 3s or other drugs that contain codeine.
That’s why I get a little heartburn from reading criticisms like the one in this CBS News photo essay called “15 Medical Marijuana Munchies”. CBS claims “some medical marijuana advocates say a line has been crossed” when it comes to “packaging” pot for patients:
Marijuana is used for a variety of medical conditions, from glaucoma to cancer pain. But what’s being sold here, medical marijuana – or candy? Some marijuana advocates don’t think packaging cannabis this way is such a good idea. “Those who say marijuana is medicine had better be prepared to market it as such,” says Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
I believe St. Pierre was originally responding to a journalist for this story about the “Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act, a bill introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and passed by the Senate in late July that would double penalties for people who make or sell pot that is combined with candy, modified by flavoring or coloring, or marketed or packaged to look like a candy product:
The bill has garnered support from unexpected quarters. Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), says that “those who say marijuana is medicine had better be prepared to market it as such – and not as candy.”
Further, says St. Pierre, those who sell pot-infused brownies, cookies and other “medical edibles,” or “medibles,” have reason to be worried, because, in his opinion, the bill is written broadly enough to include them. […]
Medical edibles are a very significant part of the multi-billion dollar medical marijuana industry, says St.Pierre.
And some people cross the line, especially in advertising, he says.
Some alternative papers run ads for pot in four different ice-cream flavors. “It has a child-like appeal,” he says of one such ad. “I don’t think that was the notion of people who put out this ad, but that’s what it looks like.”
Though I see St. Pierre’s point that marketing drugs to children is bad, a harsher form of prohibition is definitely not the answer. I’m not a big fan of any kind of marketing aimed at kids – I’ve always been a little weirded out by Flintstone Vitamins and McDonald’s Happy Meals – but feel it’s really up to the parents to educate and take care of their kids.
I don’t see anything wrong with making or advertising tasty cannabis-infused treats for adults; after all, many prescription and over-the-counter medicines have been flavored to make them a little easier on the taste buds (though they often taste horrible) and look just like candy. Who can deny that a “spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down“? Why should cannabis patients be forced to consume medicine that tastes less than delicious?
Besides, with science pointing increasingly toward sugar as the cause of countless deaths and various health problems, it could be argued that sugar is worse for kids than cannabis.