France has the highest use of cannabis in Europe which shows the incredible possibilities opening up to the widespread use of the drug can lead to. France used to impose major fines (upwards of 3000 euros) and even prison time for cannabis use. However, in 2018 the country softened laws against cannabis so that police could focus on more serious crimes. There are now shops that sell weed and have not been prosecuted and simply operate in the legal grey zone. The French Health Association publicly endorsed its support for the drug for medicinal use. We can hope that these advancements lead to France eventually opening up to recreational cannabis in the coming years.
Canadian retailer Prairie Records is changing the way one goes to buy cannabis. Their store, based in Saskatchewan, is a completely different experience than your regular cannabis dispensary. When you walk into the store its an open space that seems like your regular record store. You can casually browse the records with names like “Lullabies” or “Wake me up before you GoGo” and then once you’ve decided which record you would like you head to the cash register to pay. But wait! There’s a twist, when the cashier returns your purchase you don’t get the record you chose, you actually have chosen a certain strain of marijuana that matches the record’s description which is what you get, accompanied by a mini version of the record you bought. The stores goal is to make people comfortable when choosing strains with certain names in a cozy and familiar environment. The store is also planning on creating playlists so you can enjoy music while consuming your purchase.
After attending Golden state’s tight game last night against the Sacramento Kings, the former NBA player and Golden State Coach had a post game interview. When asked about what he was doing during his retirement he answered “I’ve smoked some pot”. The retired 3 time coach of the year has been living in Hawaii and even mentioned that he grows his own. He stated that he never had consumed it during his coaching and playing days and that it is something new for him. He and many others seem to have taken the opportunity of legalization to try and even enjoy the consumption of the substance.
The future hall of famer and former Detroit lions wide receiver abruptly retired from pro football in 2015, but he’s been busy since. The athlete has been working on building his own cannabis dispensary in a Detroit suburb and is now one step closer with Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Licensing Board approving his request to open the business alongside his wife. His request was initially declined because of minor traffic tickets that have since be resolved paving the way for yet another athlete to immerse themselves into the cannabis industry. In the past, pro athletes that advocated legalization were criticized by members of the press. However, now that is changing as many are actively advocating for the use of the drug whether active or not. Just look at what Don Nelson said last night!