I am convinced that the cannabis community eventually thinks of everything. Don’t believe me, name all of the things that marijuana smokers have used to consume cannabis, homemade or otherwise. You could probably count for days. Also, how many cannabis strains are there? Whether the strain names are accurate in any way, or meaningless, the cannabis community have thought up a lot of various strains.
Literally all forms of art have been enhanced by artists that have consumed cannabis to get the creative juices flowing. Whenever I run into the dying breed of people that think that cannabis consumers should go to prison, I request that they never listen to any of Beatles, or whatever music they may like, or watch any of their favorite movies or TV shows, as it is very likely that those artistic endeavors were aided by marijuana smokers.
Now that we are legalizing and regulating marijuana across the nation, the cannabis community is now more free to use those same creative talents in the business realm. Of course, ganja entrepreneurs will continue to devise the next cannabis extract, infused product or smoking/vaping device, but they will also branch out and combine marijuana with other business ideas.
As Marijuana Politics blogger and cannabis comic extraordinaire Ngaio Bealum often touts, marijuana tends to make everything in life better. Ngaio dreams of opening his Bud and Breakfast because staying at a bed and breakfast can be enjoyable, but if the cannabis community can also utilize marijuana there, they will appreciate the stay even more.
Enterprising Colorado entrepreneurs have taken this cannabis combo idea to the gas station as KOAA in Colorado Springs reports:
A new business model in the marijuana industry is about to open it’s doors. It’s called Gas and Grass and the stores combine a traditional gas station with a marijuana dispensary. Denver based Native Roots will open its first two Gas and Grass locations in Colorado Springs next month, one at West Uintah and 17th Street, the other Academy and Galley.
“It’s really just kind of pairing the convenience in one specific stop,” said company spokesperson Tia Mattson.
She explained the dispensary will have its own separate entrance and must follow all the same rules and restrictions that apply to all other medical marijuana stores in Colorado. The gas station, like all gas stations, will be open to the public.
While I must first offer the disclaimer that no one should drive impaired under any substance or circumstance. Next, I will offer up that I think that this is an ingenious idea. I live in Portland, Oregon, and stereotypically drive a Prius. I hardly ever have to get gas and when I do, a gas station attendant pumps the gas for me, yet I hate getting gas.
Buying gas is an inconvenience and can be time-consuming when you are in a hurry for a meeting or other event and you forgot that you are about out of gas. However, I imagine that being able to purchase some Northern Lights or Blue City Diesel may just take the sting out of the inconvenience. You can fill up, acquire cannabis and know that you aren’t just putting money into the pockets of oil executives, but also into your local economy, including your neighborhood schools. I wonder what the cannabis community and the burgeoning marijuana industry will think of next?
Featured photo credit: KOAA Channel 5