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IN HONOR OF #NATIONALBOURBONDAY

I found this article while “googling” today and thought it was appropriate!

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Marijuana-flavored bourbon, anybody?

Fred MinnickMarch 10, 2016

Who wants weed with your bourbon, rum or brandy? Soon, your pot-laden dreams may come true.

Like many people of my generation, I grew up thinking if I smoked weed that my brain would fry like eggs sizzling in bacon grease. Remember that commercial?

The 1987 Public Service Announcement shows a skillet sizzling, an egg cracks and is dropped into the pan. “This is your brain on drugs.” The egg fries, encouraging much of America’s youth to stay away from pot.

Today, we’re living in a different time, where you can openly smoke weed in many cities while you urinate on a street corner. My friend and fellow whiskey author Warren Bobrow is set to release his latest book, Cannabis Cocktails, and Fortuna, California-based Humboldt Distillery just announced its Cannibis CocktailsCannabis sativa-infused (hemp) vodka for $29.99.

This hemp-flavored vodka is a step in what will eventually become marijuana-flavored vodka (if weed is federally legalized).

Is this country ready for weed-infused liquors? The alcohol industry (and likely Taco Bell) is seriously assessing its potential marijuana marriage.

At the main session Bourbon Classic, which I moderated, I asked the distiller panelists if they could foresee a marijuana-infused bourbon or marijuana-flavored whiskey. After we got the laughs out of the way, one of the panelists said the higher ups are likely asking these questions right now.

We at least know they’re tracking it.

Earlier this year, the Distilled Industry Spirits Council’s David Ozgo said spirits sales were up in regions where pot was legal, indicating the marijuana smokers like to drink a cocktail or two.

In Washington, where pot is legal, the state government combined its liquor and marijuana regulators for the Liquor and Cannabis Board. Should the government combine the two industries under one regulatory umbrella? This is a question that should be taken very seriously. In Canada, liquor stores are seeking the right to sell marijuana. Much of the U.S. is still dry and many people don’t drink or smoke pot; and I do not think our country is prepared to see packaged marijuana next to Jack Daniel’s. Of course, lawmakers see the potential tax benefits, and they’ll likely invent new taxes upwards of 30% per purchase when you buy alcohol and marijuana at the same time.

The big money will lure lawmakers to federalize marijuana. It will happen, and we’ll see the alcohol industry bring cannabis into their profit fold.

We’ll not only have marijuana-flavored vodka, but you’ll have your choice of bourbon barrel-aged Alabama kush or beach dried Golden Jamaican Marijuana. Want a bourbon old fashioned made with the cannabis simple syrup? It’s the world we live in, where my fried egg youth is slowly being flipped.

Fred Minnick wrote Bourbon Curious.

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‘PREPARE FOR PROHIBITION’

OP-ED: Restore Prohibition, 2016, Source: http://www.herbmuseum.ca/files/images/39244/prohibition-Sept-09-1917.jpg

 

The new law, passed by the overwhelming demand of the American people, broke new ground in drug policy. Finally forcing the federal government to regulate a drug which had been a part of American society since the Colonial days, the new policy provided an innovative compromise: adult Americans were permitted to possess the drug for medical purposes in the privacy of their own homes, but it was a crime to sell the drug or to manufacture it for sale.

The law was in fact very similar to Initiative 71, which voters in Washington, D.C. passed by an overwhelming majority in the 2014 elections and news outlets were quick to label a victory for cannabis legalization. It also contains definite shades of a California-style medical marijuana bill, in which possession of the herb technically remains a crime but patients with a valid medical recommendation have been exempted from penalties.

But history calls this law by a very different name: Prohibition.

It is a mind-boggling measure of just how far this nation has gone down the path of drug policy insanity that the 1919 Volstead Act, which criminalized the sale of alcohol in every state of the US and which history calls “Prohibition,” had essentially the same rules for alcohol that D.C.’s “legalization” initiative lays out for cannabis nearly a century later.

The Volstead Act, contrary to popular belief, didn’t really criminalize adult possession of alcohol for personal consumption; although the practice was nominally prohibited, the text of the law contained so many loopholes that practically any adult could legally possess and consume booze. The two largest loopholes during alcohol prohibition should in fact sound very familiar to any cannabis activist today: both “medical” and sacramental use were excepted.

Thus, in the unlikely event that an adult couldn’t find a physician willing to prescribe him medical whiskey, he could always simply “convert” to Catholicism and keep his altar stocked for his weekly communion with holy spirits.

Sure, it’s far from a perfect policy, as practically everyone knows; but what the Volstead Act did for alcohol during the Prohibition era would be hailed as a landmark reform victory if applied to cannabis today. It would even address some legitimate concerns; with the highly-visible presence of some unscrupulous profiteers preying on vulnerable parents curious about medical cannabis, a ban on for-profit sales similar to provisions in the Volstead Act might be a rational — if overly blunt — policy tool.

Here, too, the path forward can be found through history, as over time Americans realized that legalizing and regulating alcohol sales (including restrictions on advertising to minors) were more effective strategies than criminal bans. Indeed, D.C.’s innovative “non-commercialized” cannabis legalization policy continues the nation’s history of evolving drug policy; with time and experience in the laboratories of states, Americans may deem the model superior to commercialized options. Only time will tell.

Prohibition gets a bad rap these days, but it was a whole lot better than the drug war is today. It’s time the federal government chose the lesser evil.

Restore Prohibition, 2016.

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