Cannabis Joins Alcohol and Caffeine as Recreational Choice in Sociability
BEER, WINE, SPIRITS, COFFEE, TEA AND COCA COLA are beverage choices that have been linked to social, cultural, economic and political trends, and in their time, were either considered a risk or benefit to health and society. In The History of the World in Six Glasses, author Tom Standage traces the role of each beverage in shaping social interaction.
NORMALIZING CANNABIS SPREADS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
The intoxicating effects of alcohol and caffeine are well known and an accepted part of modern life and society. Legalization of recreational use of cannabis is accelerating, whether in states or countries, and will bring more attention to the impacts on sociability in public places.
The dynamics of how cannabis products will be integrated into the economy and how the perceived risks will be mitigated is being discussed and debated. The changes will certainly shift law enforcement priorities and provide windfall resources to city and state government. The production, distribution, sale and taxation are melding into traditional models, yet in most cases, prevent public consumption.
This will be a TRENDSPOTTING DISCUSSION for you to bring your own experience and insights on this important trend in sociability.
DISCUSSION TOPICS ON CAMPUS COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVES
American Beverage Licensees
John Bodnovich represents thousands of beverage retail stores and social venues.
He brings important insights on how his members are reacting to changes, how they will engage in the cannabis economy, and how alcohol beverage producers and distributors are making significant investments in emerging cannabis companies.
California represents one of the largest cannabis markets and the state's policy will be a template for other states and cities legalizing recreational use.
Jocelyn Kane was involved in developing San Francisco's regulations, and currently represents a Cannabis association in Southern California.
Her insights will add to the discussion about implications to city planners and social venues.
Stefanie Jones oversees communication and outreach to specific communities on drug use and drug policy topics.
She personally runs the Music Fan program, which introduces harm reduction principles and drug policy alternatives to partygoers, public health officials and city nightlife regulators across the U.S.