In our fuzzy green new pot guide, I appeal to our legal marijuana industry to create a product that prohibition always suppressed: joints high in flavor but with only enough THC to give you a mild buzz (instead of the intense powerbud that's all over the West Coast these days). Since fewer than 20 percent of the people who have smoked pot within the last year use it daily (or near daily)—most used it within the last month—low potency pot is not only fine, it would be preferable. Smoking anything is bad for you, admittedly, but these infrequent users just don't smoke enough for an occasional low-potency joint to be a real health problem.

But some heavy pot smokers are enraged (they apparently need to smoke a joint). They want powerful pot for everyone, and only powerful pot, and say my suggestion is tantamount to requiring everyone to smoke dirtweed manufactured by Marlboro (I actually advocate for a high-quality product, but whatever). They even say that wanting low-potency pot is like wanting to lock people up for smoking pot:

jesus christ, are you a fucking moron? do you actually support prohibition but are trying to keep your street cred? this is the same bullshit argument that's been made against pot for decades...there's SO MUCH MORE thc now, it's dangerous, blah blah blah. JUST TAKE ONE HIT, or a half hit, or a micro hit. or buy a fucking strain at the LEGAL POT STORE that is low in thc. is that so hard?

hell, maybe i can help you out. i have a huge bag of vaporized weed in my freezer. i thought the shit was pretty useless, but maybe i can mark it up a couple hundred percent and sell it to dweebs like you as "ultra low potency" cannabis.

Posted by tainte on November 1, 2013 at 8:07 AM

total pussy shit, this is a market for people who dont really smoke weed. if a joint gets you too high, which i will never understand, just buy a bowl and take a few hits of some really good bud, you'll end up smoking less and getting the high that you are looking for instead of smoking whatever it is they would be putting in these low grade joints and having to take an entire joints worth of smoke into your lungs to get the same high.
Posted by weed on October 31, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Give potency. I'll just some less(or more) to suit. Who the hell smokes joints anymore? Ok i do on occasion, but I'd rather use a bong or pipe. In fact I'm mostly vaping herb. Increasingly I vape oils with a pen. Join the 21st century Dominic.
Posted by jeffy on October 31, 2013 at 6:46 PM

I smoke cigars for the taste. I smoke cannabis to get high. This is a HORRIBLE idea. I'll grow my own, thank you very much. Keep your goddamn grubby greedy government hands off of it!!
Posted by C D F on October 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

But not everyone agrees:

Triple thumbs up, and I was thinking along a similar vien when the law was passed. I just about need to take a xanax to handle many of the super-strains these days, which pretty much defeats the purpose of smoking weed to begin with. I recall some of the outdoor grown stuff in the southeast about 20 years ago as lots of fun. Kind of gave you a light alert sparkly feeling and you could get things done instead of wanting to hide on the couch.
Posted by kylecheez on October 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Catatonic anxiety attack is pretty much the perfect way to describe what happens to me when I take more than like 2 hits. It's not pleasant. But a mild high is fantastic. I would totally buy something like this.
Posted by JenV on October 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

I fail to see why we're discussing this as if there's only one choice possible in a legal market—particularly as it's not publically legal per se, ala hookah bars. So sell cannabis cigarettes if that's what people want—a portable party high in their pocket that's also fairly discreet (relative to tobacco at least). Sell vaporizers and grinders. Sell bongs. Sell portopipes.

So that takes care of the "smoking" part. But it's also not exactly brain surgery to sell different potencies and sell them alongside each other. You CAN test a strain for THC, CBO, etc, and put those percentages on the label and sell accordingly. Want a pack of 10s? Go for it. Looking for a party night and want some 15s? Sure. Touring with Phish? Grab the 22s.

It's America!
Posted by Torridjoe on October 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Join the weed brawl over here.