COMMENTARY | While observers are still mulling over the effects of legal marijuana, an enterprising girl scout has illustrated one happy side effect, that being an economic stimulant, by setting up shop to sell cookies outside a San Francisco medical marijuana dispensary.
It is a well known fact that pot acts as an appetite stimulant. Thus what more perfect place to set up a food business than outside a medical marijuana dispensary or, in Colorado and Washington State, a legal pot shop?
One can see a certain synergy being developed between legal pot and the small business food industry. A great strategy would be to set up a food truck park next to a pot shop so that happy tokers, their munchies increased by the consumption of cannabis, will have a variety of options to satisfy their cravings with.
One can just imagine what the episode of Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” would be like. “Here I am at a food truck park in Colorado Springs that has a twist. It is next to a legal marijuana shop, which really makes the food off the hook!”
There are ongoing efforts to decriminalize pot in other states. If the proponents of these initiatives are smart, they will enlist the support of people in the food industry. In these troubled economic times, the least amount of stimulus is something to be desired. Getting people to get the munchies with legal marijuana will cause a great deal of commerce that will spread throughout the economy, spurring economic growth and job creation.
To be sure there are concerns about legal marijuana, from it being a gateway drug to the prospect of too many people being stoned while driving. But what is that next to the prospect of an explosion in the food industry? Besides, giving the stoners something to do – eating – while the effects of the high wear off should be all to the good.