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Earth day & Packaging Peril

Earth is not just the hospitable home for human’s health and happiness, it garnishes life far greater than just the extent of you or me. Its biodiversity constantly amazes, its depths of its oceans and niches of its forests somehow become talked about with possession. Undiscovered areas or species somehow receive emphasis on the aspect of discovery. Yet with so many species and so many living beings, it seems foolish to place humans as the captors of all things that exist. With Earth day every year comes twenty-four hours of consciousness towards all that matters. We try to distance ourselves from the utilitarian construct that historically humans have used to garnish resources and contribute to ecological decay. On this peculiar day we make efforts, whether that be physical or within our mental domain, to acknowledge and potentially address the unprecedented problem that not just humans face, but rather every equally important being. These words come easy and almost cowardly to someone who studied the environment. It is unfair to demand change and action if I myself fly places to do research that I myself deem important or valid or wipe my ass with toilet paper derived from a once existing tree that nestled on once untouched grounds deep within land that had once forever thrived through natural succession, until people, people just like me came.  The crew of Maine Pot-cast’ers write these articles out of passion and love for the things they talk about. We take our knowledge, experience and (notably) opinion and shape it into wisdomatic narratives composed of words written to please and attract an awesome audience. But I don't think we, the anthropocene, have really ever pleased our Planet.

The cannabis caregiver market share is watered down. As with any free-market competition, success in regards to sales only follow a few natural laws. Few markets are of perfect competition and legal cannabis in Maine is no other. We are creatures of consumer choice; quality, price, convenience, service and imagery decide what we buy and what we consider inferior goods.  Ofcourse, every consumer has discrete individual weights regarding what characteristics and values make or break a deal. With regards to medical cannabis, bad products will always result in bad sales and bad service will result in the same. With regards to cost, that depends entirely on margians and often the price has little room to move to incentivize potential customers. With convenience already cemented upon location that really just leaves imagery to sway potential purchasers. While remodeling a storefront or getting the employees a uniform are great ways to change the appearance of your shop, the one thing that customers walk away with, the container, is an impressioning cheap trick. Through the years I have bought cannabis in most containers imaginable. Progressing from rinky-dinky zip lock baggies to the reusable jar I would bring to Joel on the corner, it wasn't until storefronts where cannabis waste began to fill my trash cans. While many might mope about current packaging standards and seed-to-sale requirements, acting as if the one-time-use issue was simply placed upon them, acknowledging and lobbying or acting towards change is not nearly as hard as it seems. Whether it is mylar baggies or single use, in the trash, jars (which last far longer than a single eighth that storefronts put in them), the ways we receive our cannabis is frivolous and shameful. I won't tell you what cannabis should be sold in, honestly because I can't give a good answer, but what I will tell you is to think about what ends up as waste. This tragedy is not just something exclusive to cannabis. The desire for convenience leading to the individually packaged craze has resulted in Americans trash cans filled majoritively with post-product packaging. Cannabis comes provided by Earth, yet we somehow manage to find a way to hurt earth from a gift that it itself provided. Rather than paying back the fruits of Mother Nature, we disparage the most important care-giver of all. The words laid out might sound simple, but that is the greatest beauty of it. A beauty that might, just maybe, be saved by the same people that have claimed it as their own for centuries. 

- Tom

Maine Potcast Contributor

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