Jul 252013
 July 25, 2013

Following marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, a number of craft brewers are embracing marijuana themes and skirting government regulations that ban the use of drug imagery in beer marketing. Is this a good thing for the marijuana movement? For a long time the rally cry for marijuana activists has been ‘marijuana is safer than alcohol!’ If alcohol makers join the battle, does this help or hinder the cause? Do you think that the alcohol makers are just out to make a buck, and thereby exploiting the marijuana movement? Or do you think that it’s OK to be a beer enthusiast in addition to loving marijuana? Please post your comments in the comments section. Below is a video of Radical Russ Belville discussing this issue:

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    huh huh

  • Ram Kumar

    Marijuana is a natural plant that has no added chemical composites and the DNA of
    the strains rest in the seeds. The potency of this plant has increased
    as new technological methods have come forth within today’s society.
    Although there have been multiple medical cases that proves marijuana
    has medical use, it is still labeled as a schedule 1 drug in the United
    States. In 2737 B.C, marijuana was described in a Chinese medical
    reference. It use widespread from China to India, then to North Africa
    and reached Europe as early as 500 A.D. Chinese emperor Shen Nung in
    2737 BC noted in his writings marijuana powers as a medication for
    rheumatism, gout, malaria, and oddly enough, absent-mindedness. Mention
    was made of the intoxicating properties, but the medicinal value was
    considered more important. Around 1545 AD Spanish brought marijuana to
    the New World. The English introduced it in Jamestown in 1611 and marijuana
    became a major commercial crop alongside tobacco and was grown as a
    source of fiber. By 1890, hemp had been replaced by cotton as a major
    cash crop in southern states. It wasn’t until the 1920’s when marijuana
    began to become popular. Prohibition of marijuana came after the
    HARRISON ACT OF 1914, which basically place control substances in 5
    schedule classes. Marijuana recreational users were mainly jazz
    musicians and people in show business. “Reefer songs” became the rage of
    the jazz world. Marijuana clubs, called tea pads, sprang up in every
    major city (an early form of today’s modern coffee shops). These
    marijuana establishments were tolerated by the authorities because
    marijuana was not illegal and patrons showed no evidence of making a
    nuisance of themselves or disturbing the community. Marijuana was not
    considered a social threat. A campaign conducted in the 1930s by the
    U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics (now the Bureau of Narcotics and
    Dangerous Drugs) sought to portray marijuana as a powerful, addicting
    substance that would lead users into narcotics addiction. It is still
    considered a “gateway” drug by some authorities. The “zero tolerance”
    climate of the Reagan and Bush administrations resulted in passage of
    strict laws and mandatory sentences for possession of marijuana and in
    heightened vigilance against smuggling at the southern borders.

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  • Matthew Porter

    Colorado has had hemp related beverages since the early 90′s “Hempin Ale” out of Boulder, Co used seeds in their beverages, and quite tasty. Would love to try the cane sugar hemp sodas.

  • Steve Canon

    Nothing wrong with a joint and a beer.

  • CannaGuru

    they should go ahead and do so because we first need to make this legal before we can focus on specifics otherwise we get overwhelmed with theoretical ideas that the government will use against us just to keep it illegal