Industry professionals, media, marketing teams, medical users, adult use enjoyers listen up! We are in tumultuous times in the cannabis industry today and an administration that has made less than friendly remarks about cannabis is currently in power. Many of us wonder how we can ensure a positive and healthy dialogue with those that oppose this industry, whether passively or aggressively and I have one simple thing you can do TODAY to pave the way to an open mind. Specifically, we need to stop using industry language that is derogatory when referring to the cannabis world. The term “marijuana” is a slang term made up by a prejudiced and racist group and should be eliminated from our vocabulary. https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/where-did-the-word-marijuana-come-from-anyway-01fb
Second, please call it “adult-use” instead of “recreational” when referring to 21+ product. “Recreational” has several negative implications but more dangerously it is appealing to children as “recreation,” while “Adult-use” says NOT FOR CHILDREN. We understand that government agencies and political parties across the nation are using these terms even in their names of governing bodies (IE Marijuana Enforcement Division in Colorado), it may take some time to change those official titles but we as advocates can change RIGHT NOW how we speak. Language is a very powerful medium to illicit feelings and responses in the public, as any marketing team will tell you. Our job is to advocate professionally for our industry and at the same time do everything we can to promote safe consumption and divert all adult use products out of the hands of children.
Here at Smokey’s we make a big deal about following the rules and staying in compliance within this industry. One of the biggest problems we have is litter bugs. Almost daily we find trash thrown and scattered across the parking lot. Speaking of trash, some of the items found are receipts and bags from customer purchases. Not only does it make our store look bad when a customer walks by three pieces of trash before even entering the building; but it puts us at a huge risk for compliance.
Once a purchase is made we make sure things are in order so you are compliant when leaving the building. After that it is up to you to be compliant. When a bag leaves this building it is required to be stapled shut. That staple plays the same role as a seal on a bottle of liquor. Once the staple has been removed or tampered with, or the bag has been opened in any way you the customer run the chance of getting an open container ticket. Your purchase should always remain sealed until you get to your final destination. Help us help you stay compliant.
Every day we make sure to walk the parking lot and check for receipts. Once we find a receipt we look it up in the system and see if we can find who left it behind. At that point a note will be put on each customer's account having left trash behind. The next time we see said customer we let them know that we found their purchase and just let them know the laws. There is also a little handout that we give out to reiterate the laws. Usually that does the trick, but if it becomes a persistent issue with the same person unfortunately our only option is to let that customer know they will not be welcome back to shop at Smokey’s. We all love our jobs and I am sure you all love this industry, so let's work together to keep this industry flourishing!
On another note, wouldn’t the world look way better if it wasn’t scattered with trash and rubbish all over? The laws and compliance are always going to be a bigger deal to us than anything, but we can all chip in to keep Smokey’s looking nice and clean. We love being here to serve all of you and we would love your help in keeping us compliant as well as looking nice!
Thanks from all your friends at Smokey’s 420 House