Starbucks… or StarBUDs
I’m not sure how I feel about this one…
So I’m reading this article on this former Microsoft executive, and how after a ‘session’ he and some colleagues brainstormed some of the “Greatest ideas” so he says. Ideas including branding strains, and charging up to $50 a gram. And going after a market of first time smokers, with deep pockets.
See… this is how you take something beautiful, and make it unbearably grotesque.
There is so much to be said about this, and not much of it is good. Now, if you are a smoker or partake in the festivities in any way, then you know how passionate we are or can be when it comes to the quality of our Bud. To take that, and now to separate a select few strains… brand them (because that’s all that it is, you’ll be paying for a name just like those sneakers), high jack the price of course… in my opinion, it’s 1) Dumb (It may sound smart to some people but you are taking away from the joy of the green) 2) smothered in greed.
Now if you read the article closely, it seems as though he may be hinting at things to come. Maybe there is hope in regards to legalization, if not decriminalizing is sure looking promising but even still, why would anyone go to a “Starbucks” of green, when there are already Smoke houses/shops you can go to comfortably? And are not as pricey.
Another thing that stands out to me is that he just started smoking, maybe a year ago… Why not start somewhere along the lines of letting people know that Bud is not the “Drug” that people have been led to believe it was for so many years? Or if you have so much pull, then why not work towards making it legal/decriminalizing… and or cleaning up the horrible name/reputation it has been given over the years. It shouldn’t be classified a Schedule 1 drug, because it’s not, it’s not habit forming nor addictive. I think the part that is more addictive is trying to learn and perfect your rolling technique. More people have died from cigarettes and alcohol than from Bud. It has more uses alone than any other thing on this earth.
I look forward to seeing just how this plays out. I will be keeping my eyes and ears open though, because I think he may have been saying more than what was written in the article.
With that said, what are some of the strongest strains you have come in contact with? What effects did they have on you?