Even though Colorado voted in favor of marijuana legalization last year, the Attorney General’s office has said that there is still a lot of uncertainty about how the law will play out. In fact, they have reminded dispensaries that they are not required to educate their clients on the health effects of the drug.

The legalization of recreational marijuana in a few states has brought a new wave of interest in the medicinal benefits of the herb, but it has also brought with it a new form of marketing, often referred to as “budtending.” The practice of serving cannabis to patrons is now being questioned by some, especially since it has been demonstrated that there is no evidence that budtending can predict the future risk of developing a physical or mental illness.

Researchers at Washington State University found that while supplement sellers could inform their customers about the benefits of the herb, they did not warn them about all the potential drawbacks.

Walk into any marijuana dispensary in the United States and you’ll be greeted by a team of dedicated salespeople whose job it is to sell you weed. The business may resemble other retail businesses you have come across over the years. They will try to help you find something specific. If you’re not sure what you want, the bath provider may even ask you some questions and make recommendations based on your answers.

This is one of the attempts of the cannabis industry over the years: Make buying legal weed the same as going to the pharmacy with a runny nose and asking which cold medicine is good for that symptom. But in most cases, marijuana cannot be a cure-all. Rather, it is about alcohol – a beverage that, for better or worse, is sold to adults 21 and older. Today, Americans no longer need a medical condition to smoke marijuana. You can do it just because it’s fun.

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This may be the first mistake the industry has made in turning cannabis into medicine. But that’s exactly what lawyers do, according to a recent Bloomberg report. First: They’re asking for medical benefits. Then they push for more comprehensive reforms. The news source has a point.

Cannabis advocates have spent decades trying to convince the public that marijuana can treat and/or cure various diseases. But there is still little evidence that cannabis has broad therapeutic value. The plant is certainly not a panacea for modern civil society. However, that doesn’t mean that American adults can’t play with it legally.

Marijuana is an intoxicating drug that 91% of Americans believe should be legal. However, there are still many sceptics who believe that increased access to medicines will only harm public health. They fear that as legalization spreads across the country, there will be an influx of illnesses and mental health problems. Groups that fear the legalization of marijuana believe that dispensaries in legal states have a duty to ensure that people understand what they are getting into.

But do vendors really need to educate their customers about the dangers of marijuana? A new study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs suggests that this should be the case.

Researchers at Washington State University found that while supplement sellers could inform their customers about the benefits of the herb, they did not warn them about all the potential drawbacks. The report shows that most retailers did not inform their customers about the potential dangers of marijuana products, largely because they did not consider themselves responsible. The budtenders didn’t feel like it was their job to talk about drinking while pregnant, driving, or storage safety. They prioritized client autonomy over education about these issues and did not necessarily consider this behavior harmful, the report said.

Proponents of the cannabis industry say this is because the drug cares more about profit than the health of the American public.

Legalization is a lot of things, tweeted Kevin Sabet, president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). The one thing it doesn’t have is a focus on public health.

But is that really a fair assessment of what’s going on in the world with legal weed? Probably not. Finally, adults who purchase alcohol and cigarettes are not made aware by store and liquor store employees that these products can cause cancer, liver damage, and car accidents. If they did, these people would probably be fired.

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Anyone who uses these products understands that they are not necessarily good for them, but it is their freedom as a contributing adult to smoke and drink as they please. Marijuana is no different. The only thing that creates an illusory distinction is that the cannabis industry has spent so much time touting the medical benefits of marijuana that dispensaries are often thought of as pharmacies rather than liquor stores.

And while some marijuana shops are designed to create a medicinal atmosphere, they still only sell marijuana. Even pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, which sell alcohol and cigarettes, don’t find it necessary to inform customers about the harmfulness of these products. Adults are responsible for their own education. Bartenders should not explain the dangers of noise, nor should they give medical advice.

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