The Cannabis Pilot Test III: Seattle, WA
When Washington put the stamp of approval on recreational marijuana, a drastic change in the market was anticipated by everyone. However, the current upheaval over the I-502 Initiative has created an even more complex problem than expected. CannabisCapsules got a taste of the situation after flying out to Seattle to examine the market and see firsthand what it was like.
What we found while in Seattle was that the I-502 initiative has dominated and dictated how everyone perceives the cannabis industry. This initiative, which merges the medical and recreational market, has created a legal and political haze likely to create problems once it is fully implemented in just a few months’ time. Unlike Colorado, which allows the medicinal and recreational cannabis markets to stand alone each with its own regulations and laws, Washington is merging the two markets. Doing so is essentially allowing the medicinal market to be absorbed into the recreational market.
What does this mean for cannabis users?
This initiative has many implications for both recreational and medicinal users. As a result of this merger, medicinal and recreational users will have to go to the same stores. For medicinal users, this can be a huge deterrent. Many patients who use medicinal cannabis prefer not to publicize their use by obtaining it from recreational shops. In addition, medical patients will be forced to pay the exact same 37% tax on their medicine. This will have an adverse effect on patients who need to consume more cannabis per day, purchase larger quantities at one time, and will force them to pay the same tax as recreational users.
Where capsules come to play!
There may not be anything we can do to prevent the merging of the two marijuana programs, but we can make it easier for patients to afford the medicine that they rely upon on a daily basis. Capsules offer one of the lowest costs per mg for any consumable product. While many cannabis edibles contain a plethora of ingredients that are needed to mask the taste and odor of cannabis, capsules are an effective and economical delivery form. Let’s look at the facts; to create a cannabis capsule, all one needs is a capsule shell and the proper fill material. Creating an edible is a fine craft, which not only increases the overhead cost for the producer, but for the patient as well. If I-502 requires that patients purchase their products from a recreational store, we can at least give them the most affordable and effective delivery method, the cannabis capsule.
What will the response be?
After this initiative is fully implemented, various outcomes may occur. In regards to continuing cannabis use, patients may become deterred enough to sacrifice the relief that they receive from medicinal cannabis; no longer purchasing any at all. In contrast, they may succumb to the negative situation, continue to buy, but call it marijuana together with recreational users even though for them, it is necessary medication.
In addition to the above implications, because of the obstacles that this initiative poses, cannabis users may decide to travel to Oregon to obtain medicinal marijuana. However, while Oregon retains a thriving medicinal program, terminally ill patients should not be forced to spend time traveling when they have so little to spare. Others may concede to the black market to refrain from paying taxes while paying a much cheaper price for the medication that they need.
If you’re considering encapsulation for your cannabis product, whether in Washington or any other legal state, please give us a call. With over 35 years of encapsulation and formulation experience, CannabisCapsules has the expertise to help you go from concept to reality. Our services include a full range of customizable premium hard capsule products (including flavored capsules, flavored capsules for pets, and Enteric Capsules), formulation assistance, product branding, capsule machine selection and installation, staff training, and more. To learn more, give us a call at 1-800-852-9238 or email us at email@example.com