Twitter screenshot quote about hazies and weed.
I mean, this tweet nearly sums up the target audience for this blog. I couldn't *not* use this picture.
Twitter screenshot quote about hazies and weed.
I mean, this tweet nearly sums up the target audience for this blog. I couldn't *not* use this picture.
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Double Standards: Beer & Weed

Currently Drinking:

Ice Cold Boooooosch Latte

There is a serious double standard between alcohol (more specifically, beer) and legalized marijuana. It’s unfair, unjust, and I hate it. One is far more taboo (although much less today than even ten years ago) and still federally illegal, so why should they get the laissez-faire treatment?

This isn’t a blog to slam marijuana or its users – if you listened to the Unfueled Show, you would know that I’m the king of the #ColoradoNaps. Instead, this is a blog to vent my frustrations about double standards between two hobbies I enjoy.

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We’ve seen the lawsuits against breweries and craft beer glassmakers – Guns ‘N Roses, Stone vs. Keystone, and the very viable threat of a cease and desist from Nintendo with every Yoshi and Mario-themed glass produced. And that’s completely fair. That’s why our patriarch Ryan even wrote this blog about it.

This blog also isn’t me petitioning for cease-and-desist or IP theft-related lawsuits to stop. They are completely fair (except for Stone’s – those guys are assholes) and serve a great purpose. As someone with a passion for law and learning about every court case I can, I’m a nerd for a good, drama-filled lawsuit. Beyond that, we just shouldn’t steal shit from others, whether it’s a tangible good or intellectual property.

But you know what I don’t like? Double standards. They’re bullshit.

Why is it that marijuana companies can blatantly get away with near-identical copies of the real products, with seemingly no repercussions? Sure, Hershey won their lawsuit against a local (to me) edible manufacturer for basically making weed-infused Hershey candy, but what else has really been done? Has there been a $56 million lawsuit?

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And I haven’t even mentioned the dangers of this packaging with kids in the house. If you’re a toddler parent (or have had toddlers in the past), just imagine how this would go. Kids are a lot less likely to accidentally drink a beer than accidentally eat an edible that looks like their favorite candy.

My point being on this wonderful holidaze, is that we either need to crack down on every bit of IP theft in either of these hobbies, or none at all. It’s not fair to punish those that are participating in an activity that is federally legal (drinking, that is, not IP theft), while letting those that are breaking federal laws get away with it (I also don’t think it should be against federal laws though).

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