Everything wrong about medical marijuana marketing in California, in a single snapshot

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  1. TheKaz1969 says:

    The problem is that it isn’t just Alice in Wonderland, it is the EASTER BUNNY in Alice in Wonderland..

    • PhasmaFelis says:

      It’s got a pocketwatch, so I think it’s a half-assed attempt at the actual White Rabbit. Their Muppet Babies ain’t exactly on-model, either.

      • Brainspore says:

        Their Muppet Babies ain’t exactly on-model, either.

        It’s not easy being green.

      • endrest says:

         I think it’s enough to get Disney’s lawyers down there to enforce their IP rights.  Then again, I don’t understand Etsy, at all…

  2. donnalethal says:

    So that’s not what the green grass in Easter baskets is?

  3. morcheeba says:

    Screw the traditional 7 spikes on a leaf … 13 is much better!

  4. Kevin Pierce says:

    This is what happens when someone with a paintbrush smokes the profits.

  5. DoomedNY says:

    You could also add the billboards of buxom lady doctors in bikinis and a labcoat as evidence of this misguided marketing. 

    • Navin_Johnson says:

      Judging by the windows I figured the doctors would be wearing those “Cat in the Hat” hats and playing hacky sack and doing some stick juggling.

      • Gilbert Wham says:

        That is not a hybrid I wish to encounter…

      • Johnny Come Lately says:

        Actually your description is pretty spot on for the people who are hired to stand in front of these shops trying to lure new customers with promises of free samples inside. Whenever I’m down there I see several variations on silly hats or pot-themed pajama pants paired with white lab coats and yes, occasional half-assed juggling. Take your hippy-juggalo, cover them in about 3 days worth of dried on sweat and then put an ill-fitting lab coat on them and you have a pretty good idea of the type of person trying to usher you into the dimly lit doorway behind them. 

      • theotherrock says:

        A huggalo?  Sure, why not…

      • EH says:

        They’re candy-ravers, Marie.

    • nachoproblem says:

      At least they’d be age-appropriate.

  6. gracchus says:

    That place looks more like the LSD shop than the marijuana dispensary.

    I’d add that if a younger person like yourself is reacting negatively to their lack of seriousness, imagine how an elderly cancer patient who’s wary of pot is going to respond. 

  7. ianloic says:

    Based on surface area I’d guess the pot shops make more money from people who want to get high than people who’re sick :(

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      Is that really a problem?

      It isn’t… exactly… news that (while of definite interest both to researchers and to patients), ‘medical’ is also of interest as an (effective) tip of the spear for legalization efforts.

      If potheads were some highly despised fringe group, their association with ‘medical’ would be more problematic for actual patients; but polls suggest that they are actually scoring increasingly well and (out of both self-interest and principle) tend to be enthusiasts and customers of ostensibly-medical supply chains.

      • Snig says:

        Medical marijuana is still widely unavailable for many people who need it throughout the US. It really is a problem if irresponsibly marketing makes it less available elsewhere. I think recreational use is woefully over criminialized, but recreational users have much less of a serious need to access compared to legit medical users.

        • workingpoor says:

          I think it is possible that many of the so called recreational users may actually be medicating themselves for an actual reason. We do have canabinoid receptors thru out our body. Maybe the ones who like getting high are driven by a need that science does not understand.

          • tré says:

            That’s impossible, science understands everything.

          • Snig says:

            It’s certainly possible that some folks are self medicating for undiagnosed or poorly understood issues, but I wouldn’t use the presence of receptors as a justification.  We also have receptors for opiates that are typically better left unfed by medication, and we have receptors that trigger vomiting and other not-fun responses.  

          • PhasmaFelis says:

            Science totally understands it. We have cannabinoid receptors for the endocannabinoids produced by our own bodies. Phytocannabinoids (plant-based) and synthetic cannabinoids are similar enough to bind to the same receptors.

            I am hugely in favor of legalization, and I do think weed can have beneficial effects beyond the strictly permitted medical uses, but humans don’t have a hidden biological need to smoke up.

          • Snig says:

            You’re absolutely right about the body making endocannabinoids for its own signalling, but there is a school of thought that humans may be self medicating and for that matter many animals self-medicate by eating certain plants.  
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoopharmacognosy
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-medication

        • endrest says:

          I live in an MMJ state and my friend’s mother wanted nothing to do with it preferring to use the opioid derivatives for pain-killers to the pain of chemotherapy and radiation. Her children both tried to offer her the option, but she wouldn’t budge.

           The prior decades of criminalization proved too much of a stigma for her.

      • ianloic says:

        I don’t have a problem with people getting high, but healthy people using sick people as an excuse to get high is awful. It’s the same as the people who hire disabled people so that they can cut lines at Disney World: http://boingboing.net/2013/05/31/today-show-busts-rent-a-disabl.html

        • endrest says:

           Stress is the main cause of all non-disease related issues.  First year of med school will tell you that, yet most doctors still haven’t put one and one together…

           Lower your immune system with enough daily stress and you invite disease in.

           How do you relax from a stressful moment or the stress from the entire day?

           Some use alcohol. Some use tobacco. Some use exercise. Some eat. Some use marijuana. Some use Valium. Some use coffee. Some meditate. Some take a walk.

           I worked at a store that housed a pharmacy. The owner believed that people are going to do drugs; no matter their situation. Therefore, he sold clean needles with no markup. I saw people of all walks asking for a 100-IU (or a stab/point/jab.. eeeew!). If you’re diabetic, you’re not going to ask for one or two. You’re going to have an entire box or two.

           The short of this story is, I saw people with tattered clothes and I could tell by their mannerisms if they were shooting coke or heroin. And I saw people come in that had spaffy shoes and were thoroughly kempt. Who knows what they were shooting up, but they were well-mannered, usually hush with their request, and appeared to be living life like the majority of ‘normal’ people.

          Moral of the story is: Stress kills. How one deals with their stress doesn’t work for everyone, but you should let people try different approaches, even if you don’t agree with their choice. And wouldn’t you want to exercise choice without fear of reprisal/contempt?

    • UFIA says:

       I used to get high for fun. 
      Now that I’m sick it is still fun sometimes. 

      • tré says:

        Exactly. The distinction between “medicinal” and “recreational” just isn’t as concrete as some people like to think. 

        • endrest says:

           I believe it’s medicinal to those that use it to relieve daily stress rather than drinking alcohol or using tobacco. I’m not talking about abuse, mind you… I’m talking about using enough to do the job and no more.

          Any behavior can become addictive.. especially when it follows stressful situations. Got chewed out by your boss?  Go out and have a cig… then happy hour with the fellas to drown your sorrows after your team lost a huge contract. Then go to a motel and snort some coke off a hooker’s ass after you find out your wife left you because your drinking got out of control.

           No thanks. I’ll stick with the occasional toke…

        • benher says:

          I think that distinction was only made for convenience sake in the first place so we could all get whiffled.

    • All I have are questions says:

      is it time to separate the two ?

  8. benher says:

    It’s dancing teddy bears… all the way… down…

  9. jennix says:

    Someone should just call Henson and have them serve a C&D/copyright notice on that.

    The fact that it’s bad art combined with Xeni’s point about bad marketing *and* the unmentioned point that it looks very much like a kiddie-honeypot makes this particular storefront an affront to common sense. 

    • endrest says:

      The man died back in 1990… Disney owns his ass(ets), now.  What don’t they own..??? I still liked your comment for the IP infringement because, even though I’m not a fan of current IP law…their choice of subject matter is terrible and only does harm to the cause of reversing decades of ignorance and lies.

  10. kiptw says:

    Is it really necessary to use images of kiddie show characters to induce people to use marijuana? Wouldn’t they use it on its own merits?

    • “kiddie show characters”

      Isn’t Alice in Wonderland a story about opium use? If anything this is a more accurate and honest use of the imagery.

      (Muppets, not so much…)

      • Gilbert Wham says:

         The Muppet Babies were a blight on humanity, and should not be used for anything.

        • kiptw says:

          Not even fire starter?

        • Johnny Come Lately says:

          Amen. Let us cleanse this abomination with fire.

        • wysinwyg says:

           In defense of Muppet Babies, that show was actually pretty trippy and a lot of fun when I was a kid.  I can see finding the premise and the voices obnoxious but there’s a lot to like about the show too.

          • penguinchris says:

            I was born in 1986 and enjoyed Muppet Babies quite a bit, as did everyone my age I know who grew up in the US (the show was on originally from 1984-1991, and of course reruns continued through the rest of the 90′s if not even now).

            It’s not as good as Animaniacs – I’m guessing Muppet Babies doesn’t hold up to viewing as an adult – but I wouldn’t hesitate to show it to or watch it with my kids (if I ever have any). If nothing else, it’ll subconsciously prepare them to enjoy Star Wars and Indiana Jones and all the other movies the show referenced constantly :)

            It’s actually probably the only show I have any nostalgia for. Much more than Ren & Stimpy even, which was my favorite but which was later in my young life (91-96).

          • wysinwyg says:

             

            It’s not as good as Animaniacs

            What’s the opposite of damning with faint praise?  (Praising with faint damning?)  I agree 100%.  I don’t think any other children’s shows hold a candle to Animaniacs.

          • endrest says:

             I couldn’t reply to @wysinwyg:disqus because the Reply button was hidden –too many sub-threads, I suppose.

            Anyway, I guess you haven’t seen Adventure Time or The Regular Show… I’d have loved them as a child. I know because my inner-child loves them!

      • kiptw says:

        A dumbed-down rabbit with a watch is a pretty feeble stab at Carroll. The grinning cat is a little bit better, but still rather disneyed. I was actually thinking more of the vomitous demi-muppets that dominate the scene.

      • nachoproblem says:

        “Isn’t Alice in Wonderland a story about opium use? If anything this is a more accurate and honest use of the imagery.”

        Not really. It had more to do with symbolic logic, and maybe pedophilia. Drug references in it are coincidental, or invented after the fact by Jefferson Airplane.

    • James Penrose says:

       Do you expect sober thinking from people on drugs?  Really?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I have a phobia of anthropomorphic rabbits; it’s not going to work on me.

  11. Also there is no such thing as a flower with a blue pseudanthium with stars and red and white striped “petals”, that is botanically inaccurate.

    Get your damn flowers right you hippies!   

    • kiptw says:

      The garden center I used to work for before I moved was just discovering a revenue stream in dying white flowers in specific colors for holidays.  Haven’t followed the story since then.

  12. peregrinus says:

    Ach yeah, it should be like blank cigarette packets.  No excitement, or drama, and this thing might just become legal.

    • gracchus says:

      No excitement or drama? But it’s 420, ma-a-an! It’s all about rebellion and stickin’ it to The Man and getting all trippy.

  13. Ethan Bordeaux says:

    The sad/funny thing is that this particular dispensary is actually one of the more legit/interesting ones that I’ve been in.  Along with selling medical marijuana they have a pretty wide selection of traditional herbal treatments and other health products.  Most that I’ve seen just sell pot and pot-laced edibles.

    My wife has a form of cancer that can be greatly helped by medical marijuana.  It would really be a shame if easy controlled availability of the drug disappeared because the dispensaries and pot docs don’t grow up.

    • Jardine says:

      Along with selling medical marijuana they have a pretty wide selection of traditional herbal treatments and other health products.

      That makes them more legit?

      • Ethan Bordeaux says:

        Sure sure I get your point, it’s more that they present themselves as a healing center where one of the products they sell is marijuana, not a juvenile let’s get wasted center despite the mural outside.  I’ve only been in a few dispensaries but this is not common.  Not making any judgements on the efficacy of the other products they sell.

  14. Cocomaan says:

    Can’t really find it in myself to be outraged. If you don’t like the marketing, how about not patronizing the store? I’d say the same thing about distasteful alcohol marketing. 

    • PhasmaFelis says:

      Because irresponsible dispensary management makes legalization look bad, threatens the health of the thousands of people who depend on medical marijuana, and undermines the hundreds of thousands still pushing for full decriminalization and an end to this miserable, pointless, destructive drug war?

      Just a thought.

      • Cocomaan says:

        Some pictures on a window are not going to scuttle the entire drug war, especially in a place like Cali. The alarmism is silly, and this is coming from a lifelong toker.

        If Xeni and yourself have a huge problem with this, call them and give them a piece of your mind instead of taking pictures and doing keyboard activism. I’m sure someone here could provide their phone number.

        • Gilbert Wham says:

           I’d argue that ringing them up is far less effective than posting on your own website, which has thousands of readers, both nationally and internationally. ‘Keyboard Activism’ is somewhat more effective if you have that kind of visibility, don’cha think?

          • Cocomaan says:

            Why withhold the name of the dispensary, then? If she wanted the internet to descend on this dispensary with the ill advised frontage, she would have posted their name and phone number. 

            I’m not really seeing the point in this outrage, other than to feel sanctimonious about what my imaginary dispensary would look like if I opened it. 

  15. DaveVonNatick says:

    Professionalism. You’re doing it wrong.

  16. The way they dress themselves, they’re just asking for it.

    Wait, what?

    • tré says:

      If they really didn’t want to get raided, they could have been a little more modest and a little more sober.

  17. Paul Saylor says:

    So dispensaries should only cater to cancer patients who are hella serious? What about people like me, who relieve their depression by getting high and watching cartoons? All marijuana use is medical, IMHO.

    • gracchus says:

      It’s not that they should only cater to cancer patients, but that if they are they should be more serious and professional about it. A lot of chemo patients wouldn’t use pot otherwise and aren’t happy about doing it, and having to buy it from stores like this doesn’t do anything to make them feel better or more comfortable.

      The other issue is that the dispensary owners lobby the government on the basis of medical uses rather than recreational ones (which is really what you’re describing — in your formulation all alcohol use would be medical, too). They undermine themselves and the industry as a whole when they turn around and promote themselves as goofy head shops.

      I come to a lot of this through a family friend who runs a dispensary in Northern California, and generally agree with her opinions. She decided to create a relaxed, grown-up spa atmosphere for her place, which has broad appeal to both the recreational and medicinal users.

  18. anonymity86 says:

    I don’t think it is a joke that there is a medical use for the drug. But, calling these places “medical” is a joke. The provisions in the law to ensure that use is medical is a joke, it is ridiculously easy to get a prescription without being sick as the LA Times has reported. There are few controls on what the quality, quantity, and delivery method of the drug are. If you want to make it a medicine that’s fine, but it should be subject to all the same controls as other medications with a risk of abuse.

    • mkultra says:

       What are the risks of abuse? I mean, aside from psychological addiction (as in, the same risk that anything pleasant has).

      I
      don’t personally partake, but my understanding is that this is not a
      physically addictive substance in the same sense as say, tobacco or
      alcohol.

      • kiptw says:

        “THE DANGERS OF MARIJUANA
        “The dangers of marijuana are:(1) Getting busted.”[an entire chapter of A Child's Garden of Grass]

      • wysinwyg says:

        That is correct.  The risks for abuse are much lower than for the legal substances.  Not only that but marijuana abuse has much more benign effects than alcohol abuse.  Marijuana addicts are usually able to hold onto jobs, pay rent, and at function as well as a lot of other people who don’t have substance abuse problems.  The main problem is probably that they are less ambitious than they would otherwise be.

      • HarveyBoing says:

        Two things come immediately to mind:

        Personal risk, in the form of inhalation of smoke particles (scientifically proven to be hazardous). While pot users might not have as much exposure to harmful chemicals as smokers, some hazard still exists.

        Risk to others, in the same way that people who consume alcohol present a risk to others when they operate motor vehicles or other heavy machinery under the influence.

        (And of course, both of those risks are not entirely personal or to others. Second-hand smoke is a risk, and a person under the influence of pot who drives a car is risking their own life too).

        One big gap in the “medical” approach to pot legalization is that it generally overlooks the broader issues related to consumption, because it’s not legalizing pot in a holistic way.

        Of course, the federal government is a big limiting factor here. Even in WA and CO, which recently legalized pot for recreational use, because of federal laws against the drug, there are barriers to the states fully recognizing it is a legitimate, legal, controlled substance.

        But certainly, it should be. It’s not completely harmless.

        • tré says:

          What little research there is suggests that people are either just as safe driving stoned or maybe even safer. My own experience lends what may be the reason: “shit, dude is that bacon patrol?” “Uh, maybe. slow down. Wait, just another Taurus.” “Cool. Shit, dude, is that a cop?” “No, man, it’s a minivan.”

          • wysinwyg says:

             From what I understand there is research demonstrating that marijuana does indeed slow reaction times which I think is relevant, although anecdotally people seem to drive slower under the influence of marijuana which might cancel out the effect.

            Unfortunately the statistics on accidents due to marijuana intoxication are useless — they don’t distinguish between marijuana intoxication and a combination of marijuana and alcohol intoxication.  This was the case the last time I looked anyway.  It’s going to be difficult to have a sensible debate about marijuana policy as long as both sides are unwilling to discuss the issue honestly.

            I do think the onus is on the authoritarian liars to make a more honest case before defenders of legalization can engage in good faith.  Unfortunately it is difficult to counter propaganda with anything other than propaganda when millions of credulous voters are involved.

          • tré says:

            It’s almost as if the people who crafted prohibition knew that if they could prohibit research, their laws could be indefinite. 

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          It’s not completely harmless.

          It’s safer than Tylenol. Or peanuts. Or a couple of inches of standing water.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I have a rather different perspective on it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBShN8qT4lk

  19. John Blair says:

    You didn’t take a picture of the “sexy nurse” promoting the pot-shop just down the strip.  At least, she was there the last time I was in Venice.

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      I used to live on the strip where all that goes down. Exposure to that stuff made me staunchly anti-pot! When I got cancer, my attitude changed because I was exposed to another way of thinking about it, with people who took it seriously as medicine. I really believe that “sexy nurse” is doing so much harm to the process of legalization and legitimacy.

      • Jardine says:

        When I got cancer, my attitude changed because I was exposed to another way of thinking about it

        That sounds like a familiar story. Are you a secret Republican?

      • KWillets says:

        Legalize sexy nurses!  I have a prescription.

      • marilove says:

        So do you have a problem with recreational use, then?  It seems you may, but I’m not sure.

        I can understand hating this sort of marketing (I do, too), but to be “staunchly anti-pot” because of a few assholes in California seems rather extreme.  And surely you’ve known others who have smoked (even if you weren’t aware that they did).

        Seems like a really terrible knee-jerk reaction with little actual critical thought that got you to that “staunchly anti-pot” stance, tbh. 

        The marketing sucks, yeah, and in the short-term it’s not going to be very helpful, but I also think that the knee-jerk reactions to OMG! POT! are starting to stop. Even Arizona is starting to talk about putting a bill through for fully-legalized pot (it won’t happen, not yet, but it’s got some actual momentum).

  20. signsofrain says:

    Have to disagree with this post. Divorcing pot from its psychonaut past is wrong. Weed isn’t just a medicine. It’s a creative aid, something to help appreciate music, food, and sex. It can relax you or amp you up… who cares that dispensaries don’t look “professional” That veneer of legitimacy is how governments profit off misery machines like video lottery terminals. It’s got an “official” seal, so it must be just fine and dandy! No. FORCE conservative idiots who’d take a creative sign like this as an excuse to denigrate a plant that has real uses to completely understand the issue. Pot is helpful, pot is also fun. Pretending that pot isn’t fun does not ultimately advance popular understanding of the plant!

    • Snig says:

      The majority of congress fought tooth and nail against legitimate health care improvement, while simultaneously zealously guarding our ability to blow things up.  They are not sane.  They are not doing things sensibly.  Perhaps most of all, they are not fun.  I have no problem with your fun.  But if it’s a choice between someone not being able to eat due to nausea, or someone not being able to have fun, we have to prioritize the person just trying to eat and not vomit.  

      • signsofrain says:

        Agreed that treating the sick is more important than my Friday night buzz, but perhaps more important than both those things is making sure our policy makers are sane, rational individuals. We’re treating the symptoms, not the disease! I only hope that a few generations from now we recognize that rational humanism is pretty much the only philosophy that’s fit as a mode of governance. I probably won’t see it while I’m still alive, but I do hope humans end up realizing that religion/magical thinking makes for shitty leadership.

        • Snig says:

          Yeah, sanity in leadership would be nice. *sigh*

          • signsofrain says:

            Sometimes I think… if only I could force all these hateful white-haired oldsters to swallow a dose of ayahuasca.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            What makes you think that old people are the problem? Most of the people who went to Woodstock are in their 60s and 70s. Many of the ultraconservatives in Congress are younger.

  21. Colin says:

    The trouble is the target demographic for most California dispensaries does not appear to be people truly in need of Marijuana for medicinal purposes. It is readily apparent that they are interested in selling to recreational consumers.

    California (and many other states) need a recreational system for the distribution of Marijuana. Of the CA residents I know who have Medical Marijuana cards, none of them have legitimate health issues for which they require MJ, they freely admit in friendly company that it is simply a convenient way to get recreational access to their favorite herb.

    Given the myriad problems that the health care system in this country faces it is difficult to condone the clearly recreational distribution of MJ, through channels which ought to be reserved for people with legitimate medical needs.

    I’m not suggesting we dismantle the medicinal distribution system, but it’s time we grow up and recognize the desires of our communities. We need to create proper channels for both medicinal and recreational access to Marijuana.

    • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

      Did I miss the part where recreational users are causing terrible shortages and forcing rationing of scarce drugs? If anything, until your local pharmacy chain is willing to touch the stuff, the ‘healthy potheads’ customer base likely substantially increases the number of locations where it is economically viable to incur the fixed costs of keeping a retail store in operation.

      It is rather silly that recreational users have to pretend to have a medical need in order to get access(just like the good old prohibition days of buying alcohol-based “tonics” and whatnot down at the pharmacy); but I don’t see why having non-sick users helping keep the sellers in business in more locations is a bad thing for the sick users.

      • Colin says:

        I agree, no doubt it makes economic sense to appeal to the pseudo-medicinal crowd.

        Alas I suspect that in order for Marijuana as a medicine to ever rise to the legitimacy in public opinion necessary to be sold in a typical pharmacy, it’s distribution must be made more legitimate.

        I applaud Washington & Colorado for voting to create a recreational distribution system, and am curious to see how these legitimate channels progress.

  22. fobia says:

    My Middle-America “dispensary” has a broken down Cavalier in front, along with over grown grass  in a shitty neighborhood. 
    Most times its a gram or two short and the price fluctuates… 
    (as someone with disabilities and works from home, I am not social enough to find an alternative, yellow pages are useless)

  23. Lefty68 says:

    It’s not especially professional for a medical establishment, but California’s lax medical pot regulations don’t seem to have prompted much of a backlash. On the contrary, they’ve gotten Californians used to legalization, increased pot’s social respectability, and shown that none of the drug warriors’ dire predictions will come true. If this window display furthers that process, I’m not going to lose sleep over it.

  24. Xeni Jardin says:

    For an abundance of clarity here, I support the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. As a cancer patient, I am angry and frustrated that we sick people are forced to go through a semi-legal/semi-black market process to get medicine, and some of us are too sick or too far out of that culture to get this form of medicine. The overwhelming stoner culture that surrounds the sale of pot in LA makes it hard for the people who need it most to get it when they need it. That doesn’t mean it’s wrong for stoners to be stoned, IMO, but it’s totally fucking unfair for cancer patients and the like.

    • Cocomaan says:

      As I said in the other post, a more constructive step here would be to have the readers contact the dispensary to tell them that they aren’t being constructive for the movement. This picture/post feels creepy otherwise.

    • Publienew1964 says:

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      got a pocketwatch, so I think it’s a half-assed attempt at the actual
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    • Deja_Fu says:

      On the funny and dumb trip, this reminds me of a IAMA post on reddit a while back.  It was from a woman who worked at the Children’s Television Workshop.  A redditor requested an AMA from Cookie Monster to be done in /r/trees (the stoner subreddit).   This request received copious upvotes.

      But it was the response that I thought was perfect, “Oh, Cookie Monster wouldn’t understand what ‘trees’ are.” 

      It’s the immaturity of stoner culture that I find so personally grating.  An it’s part of the reason that it has taken so long to repeal prohibition.

    • marilove says:

      Just saw this comment after I replied to your previous one, thanks for the clarification!

  25. I haven’t been in California since medical legalization. But up here in Washington, there’s a thriving trade in “medical” authorizations – basically, if you’re willing to pay about $100 and join in the great lie, you now have a license to smoke marijuana. Less, now that full legalization has been voted for and is slowly being implemented.

    I’m pretty sure that while there are plenty of people who are using marijuana to treat or help modulate a medical condition, that population is dwarfed by the number of people who are enjoying getting high on some high-quality bud. I mean, I live in the University District, and there are like three “dispensaries” in walking distance. I would not be at all surprised to see the green crosses vanish from a lot of the “dispensaries” come the new year, when the rules for full legalization are finalized and in practice.

    • tré says:

      “I would not be at all surprised to see the green crosses vanish from a lot of the ‘dispensaries’ come the new year.” Now *that* would be foolish. Even in a world where weed is legal, it would still have tremendous medical capabilities, and the green cross symbolizes that.

  26. Navin_Johnson says:

    Marc Maron’s interview with cancer patient Sam Simon (Simpson’s / Taxi etc.) touches on these places. A pretty good one:

    http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/episode_389_-_sam_simon

  27. wysinwyg says:

     Yes, this is stupid and unprofessional.  It almost seems they’re trying to alienate people who might otherwise be sympathetic to legalization.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I don’t know. Everybody said that allowing drag queens and leather men in the pride parade would keep us from ever getting gay rights. Turns out that they were wrong. Maybe visibility is the most important thing in any struggle.

  28. miasm says:

    If there was nothing else, just the Cheshire Cat; that would be the best.
    And if it was one specific area, out front for parents to sit with their kids? What a nice idea!
    But someone seems to have thought long and hard about this and then made the worst possible decision whilst staying within their Cartoonish guidelines.

  29. stupocalypto says:

    I’d disagree, though I would maybe agree separating medical and recreational outlets for cannabis.

    Then your grannies aren’t thrown off by the wacky subcultures that they will fail to have context for, and your stoners aren’t forced to smoke their weed in some prefab chain store with zero personality. I’d just let the forces of commerce do the rest; I doubt the unprofessional looking business’ are going to keep up with the pharmacy based models in terms of weed output, but may gather a lot more business in food and drink, following the cafe model in Amsterdam.

  30. I can’t thank you enough for this article. I am a web creative director. I just finished designing Steve DeAngelo’s personal site and I was the founder of WeCanna, crowdfunding for the cannabis industry. I have been telling everyone that the marketing is terrible! Just terrible! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • tré says:

      Thank YOU. I’ve been looking for something like WeCanna for a while. I’m not connected enough to make my dreams of helping patients (and, yes, recreational users “working the system”)  a financial reality, but maybe with an available source of crowdfunding I’ve got a fighting chance.

  31. donovan acree says:

    Every artists I know who uses the stuff produces artwork that is miles ahead of what’s on that window. Maybe they should ask the window dresser to smoke a bit before designing the next one.

  32. oldtaku says:

    The art is so gaudy nobody’s even noticed the ludicrous name. Why not just stick a ‘Quantum’ in there?

  33. raytube says:

    Cat’s Hats off to Colorado for having some better sense in pot advertising regulations.   

  34. Joel Emmett says:

    I’d assumed that marijuana dispensing would be handled like Utah handles liquor sales — entirely in state-owned stores.  No muss, no fuss.

    Is this not even being discussed elsewhere?

    • tré says:

      I’ve heard that Washington’s upcoming legalization would be similar to this.

    • Jerick says:

      Ugh. Utah citizens let their government into the liquor business? Not only cementing the crony capitalism, but increasing its hold and power over politicians, depriving private industry of a revenue stream, and no doubt raising costs, decreasing efficiency, and wrecking the product.

      • Joel Emmett says:

        I see what you’re saying, but the benefits seem to outweigh any downside?  Seems like the same range of products available anywhere else.  There are no crappy-looking liquor stores in every corner/strip mall; the stores are larger than your typical Callifornia store, and look like a government building.  Less drinking-related crime, including, I think, zero liquor store robberies, no marketing to minors, and it reduces taxes significantly. 

  35. grimc says:

    Once again, NorCal demonstrates its superior taste.

  36. bo1n6bo1n6 says:

    The pocketwatch isn’t set to 4:20?

  37. timquinn says:

    This is like listening to a discussion of punk rock at a church social. Hey, your attitude bugs me, too. I try to look past that, not always successfully.

  38. foslforever says:

    if you dont like the artwork outside of a window of a business- then you may invest the money and time to open your own business that dispenses marijuana and make it as sterile as you like. You can have the doors open automatically, no windows on the building and everything inside is stainless steel. the people employed there can be of only the purest Aryan race wearing silver jumpsuits. 

    tldr- F- you.

  39. humanresource says:

    Start the argument where it starts: legalizing pot for medical purposes only is a a copout, and we all know it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0qJcGhmvqc

    • tré says:

      As much as I am for full legalization, medicalization’s not really a copout. Cannabis is a really valuable medicine for a variety of ailments, and it’s important to take care of the patients who need it. When medicalization has 80% public support and legalization has 50% public support, the best way to take care of those patients is medicalization laws.

  40. Richard Pusateri says:

    While in Los Angeles, check the page-after-page of H.R. Pufnstuf-esque surreal  ads for your medicine. It may give the impression that some of this care-giving is more about getting baked than providing compassionate care.

  41. Ernest Valdemar says:

     Can we at least stop pretending that hippies invented recreational marijuana? Why not make your dispensary look like an Art Deco jazz club, or a Western saloon, or a Mexican cantina? It’d be more historically accurate, and a whole lot less embarrassing to be seen in.

  42. LogrusZed says:

    Seriously nobody has said “Well that’s just, like, your opinion. Man.”?

    Nobody?

    SRSLY, as a user of cannabis who works a pretty square job it does bum me out when people invite negative attention or fuck up in something and associate it with weed. I feel the same way when someone who could be identified as a “gamer” or someone with a “stein”, “berg”, or “stern” at the end of their name says some dumbfuck thing in the news.

    At the very least this is along the same lines of what Camel was cited for with Joe Camel, it’s attracting negative attention. It may go over fine in the Valley or North Bay but those news cameras broadcast that shit all over the place.

  43. Navin_Johnson says:

    With any luck the artist will quit his job saying “Fuck this shee-it. They’se having fun and I’se stuck in [name of city]“

  44. foible says:

    My wife has had to deal with the medical establishment a whole lot in the last decade. There is no longer any comfort for us from a business with people wearing lab coats or standard business casual.
    For us those medical trappings mean nonsensical rules, repetitive useless tests, self important pricks high on authority, and huge bills at the end. I’m glad medical marijuana  isn’t part of that culture.

  45. DewiMorgan says:

    One person’s “Everything Wrong” is clearly very many other people’s “Everything Right”.
    This storefront is a delight to look upon. Thank you for sharing it – it makes me happy to know that such a place exists :)

  46. Megan Stone says:

    Amen!  I have been a part of the small segment of our CA MMJ industry that doesn’t present this stereotype for 6 years.  I have recently formed my own interior design firm to change the image of our industry, dispensary by dispensary, across the county.  Check me out at thrdesignstudio.com if you like.  We all need to stick together on this one :)  Thanks for your voice on this!

  47. jewell says:

    It’s cute, The leaf can have up to 13 leaflets. 

  48. jewell says:

    When I talked to the lady painting the
    window, she said that the only thing she painted for the store was
    the green cross. The rest of the space the store just lets her paint
    whatever she wants and that window was a combination of a bunch of
    her ADULT kid’s favorite things. I hope she still gets to do them.
    They make me smile.

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