Right now the U.S. is experiencing something of a revolution with regard to marijuana. Decriminalization has been a decades-long battle, but we are finally crossing the Rubicon. Washington state and Colorado have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and it’s legalized for medical purposes in half the states. Our judicial system is changing the way it sentences marijuana-related offenses. Medical researchers are discovering various health benefits of marijuana. That’s all good and well, but all this hoopla makes it an awkward time to try to quit.
On the other hand, now may be the best time to quit as habit might blossom into full-on addiction when weed becomes acceptable and available. Imagine being free to blaze at will, anytime and anywhere. Odds are you’ll smoke more when that happens than you currently are. That’s why it’s a good time to quit now, before the habit gets hairier.
Shit’s Going Get Real When Big Biz Jumps on the Marijuana Industry
Do you think you’d use more weed if you could buy it at a store, and that store had the size and selection of a BevMo! with buds instead of alcohol? (BudMo!?) What if you could buy in bulk or online? Costco cannabis? There is no doubt that when business gets behind the ganja, the user will duly comply. Plus, society’s being okay with weed in the same way it’s okay with cigarettes and alcohol will have you smoking more already. But there’s one entity that’ll be doing everything in its power short of offering to be the bong monkey to get you buying more, more, and more weed: Big Biz. And buying more weed equals using more weed.
The Green Rush
If Big Biz gets its way per usual, non-users will start using, and those already using will bump up the buddage. Yup, when weed becomes legal and good ol’ biz and marketing enter the fray, using weed is going to levitate to an entire new level. Getting out before shit gets real is an excellent plan because quitting may be a bit cumbersome when you’re in the middle of a flower free-for-all. Legalization may be temporarily disheartening for those trying to cut down or quit using.
Quit Before the Frenzy Begins
Marketing and advertising play larger roles than we’d like to believe in individual choice. Corporations and big biz play us, the unwashed masses, the hapless general public. Their raison d’etre is to make us tools. And in America, we can’t discuss how business plays us without admitting that its big-bully older brother, the U.S. Government, aids and abets big biz. This country’s history of marijuana is in itself a case study in how government and business manipulate public opinion in order to gain power and money. Just know that when we have full-on legalization of marijuana, and notice that that’s a when and not an if, big business is going to go into battle mode. For those trying to quit using weed, this will increase the difficulty factor. The good news is that if you quit before that dragon wakes up, you won’t have to slay it.