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The future of marijuana is iffy… Will legalization methods murder the hippie? What will weed commercials be like? And also, of course, some weed-inspired fashion inspirations for visits to your local dispensary.

I’m not much a weed smoker. Just now and then is OK for me. The thought of stoners makes me cringe… Not in an “influenced by D.A.R.E.” kind of way, more because most of the regular smokers I’m acquainted with — you know, those who have to smoke everyday — are usually the most annoying people on the planet. Then there’s the stereotypical smoker who wears pro-legalization T-shirts, plays acoustic guitar and sports tie-dye with light wash denim, etc. Thus, immediately evoking this Clueless quote:

“So okay, I don’t want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don’t get how guys dress today. I mean, come on, it looks like they just fell out of bed and put on some baggy pants and take their greasy hair – ew – and cover it up with a backwards cap and like, we’re expected to swoon? I don’t think so.”

Even though I’m not a smoker on the reg, I’m as aware as everyone else about the abundance of news shooting off surrounding marijuana these days. (Notice, I didn’t say shooting up.) While Colorado is currently brainstorming prevention methods for synthetic marijuana, or “Kush” (known for causing death, paralysis and brain damage), the state’s also in full bloom on recreational marijuana as a regulated commodity — and it’s not alone, Washington is also allowing the process of legalized marijuana to begin. With 20 states already allowing medical marijuana, it seems as if we’re on the path to national legalization, especially when you consider the fact that, in 2014, referendum on marijuana is expected to occur in Alaska, California, Maine and Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon (according to The New York Times).

I have nothing against weed retailing. If this is a way to lighten up the black market (maybe we can create a grey market?), then, yes I’m all for it. In fact, the only major drawback would be that shall I ever find myself out of a job and turn to selling drugs, I’ll have resort to more serious ones — which doesn’t seem fun considering cocaine and heroine are much scarier than grass. My Nancy Botwin dreams as squashed. Though the new stipulations seem to be going in the green lights direction, reflecting over law enforcement, the economy and medical treatments, the long hauled question still remains: is making marijuana legal on a recreation level a good idea?

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First and foremost, stoners are going to be stoners. If illegalness hasn’t stopped them before, then I don’t think making it legal will result in some overflow of annoying humans. It’s not about that. After all, drunks are frolicking about freely and smell much worse than stoners.

The major problem #1: The recreational use of the drug is based on a state level. On a federal level, marijuana is still considered illegal. So, “by allowing states to legalize and regulate marijuana, advocates said, the federal government could reduce jail populations and legal backlogs, create thousands of jobs, and replenish state coffers with marijuana taxes.” [The New York Times] If marijuana is legal, then it will be taxed. Duh. And the aforementioned positive side effects should rise. Still, in a recent CNN segment, many Coloradans believe their weed should be legal and tax-free, so they’d rather go back to the streets to save a few dollars. We refer to those people as fat idiots who need two pieces of cake to be happy.

Currently, arguing that legal weed will reduce the black market is a challenging battle to win. Is it possible in the future? Maybe. Is that what’s happening right now? Ughm. No.

The White House has recently reported it doesn’t support changing federal laws regulating marijuana, and aims to keep a focus on drug lords and kingpins. Without federal support, the banks refuse to recognize these shops, leaving them to run on a cash only basis. Obviously, this brings up the most basic of issues: Ca$h brings crime. Crime brings guns. The black market thrives.

Not long ago the federal government finally began encouraging banks to recognize dispensaries (since there isn’t much room for the industry’s growth without). Yay! Nonetheless, the feds continue to be “non-supportive” themselves and banks remain hesitant.

With twenty states allowing medical marijuana, and — according to those who’ve taken advantage of the system — you’d have to be a huge big dumb ass not to get a prescription if you wanted one. This alone, minus legal weed, has been moving drug dealers to non-legal states in an effort to continue earning a living. In this article, one California dealer moved to New York City to sell his product, where it’s 100% illegal, and now he’s making plenty of dinero.

Such sad news for hippies; those who once dodged The Man (except on a law level) are now faced with loosing business from “department stores of weed.” I feel we’re miles away from walking into Target and picking up weed alongside mascara, but isn’t this how it all starts…

There was recently an article on Cracked that poked fun at the idea of marijuana advertising. The whole concept is hysterical. Are these the types of ads we have to look forward to? If so, I don’t see the market thriving off of coolness:

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The future is an iffy place… This is surely going to be an interesting process to watch, no matter what the outcome. Side note: we should all send Colorado and Washington thank you notes for being incubators on the matter. — Rachel Eleanor Sutton

[Images via Tumblr… If one of these happens to be yours, let us know! We’d love to link you.]

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Unif Weed Tank

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Corpse Corpse Tank

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Money Weed Pussy Hat

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Civil Clothing Cut Off Shorts

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The Weed Ankle Sock

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