This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows.
So your parents want to get stoned. First of all, and let’s all say it together, hell yeah.
However, and this is the tricky part, it’s been a while since they’ve smoked marijuana — if they ever smoked at all — and the weed landscape has changed radically over the last few decades. Thankfully, you, their loving child, are 100 percent here for them. It’s time to answer the call and help your parents get appropriately ripped.
But, where to start? You don’t want to take it too fast and end up scaring them off. And there are some real, albeit manageable, concerns. Sure, recreational pot is legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia, but just because smoking a joint or eating an edible in one of those locales won’t land someone in the slammer doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its own set of pitfalls. You know, the Maureen Dowd effect.
Fortunately, we are presently in the golden age of green, and there’s plenty of advice to be found on YouTube for the weed-curious parent.
Where to score
The first question that needs answering is the most basic: Where are your parents getting the weed? For the sake of this piece, let’s assume they have legal means to acquire it. In addition to the states where recreational weed is legal, there are plenty of states that have legalized medical marijuana. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is a nonprofit group working to legalize marijuana in the U.S., and has a great state-by-state