DList Magazine Summer "Nightlife" Issue 2015 - Page 48

DETAILS CANNABIS CLEARING THE AIR ON CANNABIS Written by Gagan Kaur 48 Washington State is the talk of the town when it comes to a progressive environment: standing strong in the tech industry, real estate market, and now the controlled legalization of recreational marijuana. Relief is provided in multiple holistic ways without having to possess a green medical card, lending a helping hand to stay out of the way of hard drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and chemically-based pharmaceuticals. While smoking does cause harm on the body, there are plenty of less harmful ways to consume cannabis, such as tinctures, edibles, and marijuana pills. Our ancestors have been using the cure in the kitchen for centuries. Known for its healing powers, cannabis benefits people who suffer from a broad spectrum of ailments: from physical injuries to mental traumas, some forms of cancer to sexually transmitted diseases, and even the common nightmare. Conservative stigmas have denied the stress relief that cannabis provides to the human body; however, due to extensive medical research, there is an abundance of support towards the plant. Recreational use of cannabis has been a great debate worldwide since the dawn of time, but mentalities aren’t the only things that have changed over the years: the plant itself has changed. Research has blessed us with custom strains to benefit each condition. No longer can one ask simply for marijuana; there are now many specifics involved. The options vary from sativas, hybrids, and indicas. To the average person it might sound like you're shopping for a vehicle type, rather than a medical strain. Luckily those who work in shops are generally very helpful and knowlegable, and are more than happy to help you find what’s best for your lifestyle. There’s a bit of confusion when it comes to the difference between a retail shop and a medical shop. For retail you have to be 21, but with a doctor’s note you can get a prescription at the age of 18 for medical usage. There is a law restricting how much can be purchased from a retail shop: one ounce of cannabis, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused product in solid form, 72 ounces in liquid form or some combination of each. Retail shops are public places and customers are not allowed to try or open the products on store premises, following the rules of the Initiative 520. Although the herb has been negatively viewed in the past, society's opinions are changing because of people like Tera Martin, the General Manager of Green-Theory, which was the first recreational retail shop on the Eastside based in Bellevue, WA. One can label Martin as a visionary with a revolutionary flair. She didn’t just want to make change; she placed herself with the weight of generating change in a conservative environment. Martin may run a legitimate business, but Green-Theory still finds ways to provide a little comic relief to their customers.  They offer specials on “Sunday Funday,” “Munchie Monday,” and for the rest of the week as well. As some may feel uneasy or overwhelmed walking into a reta [