Lawsuit to Keep Weed White, Get Your Cannabis Card, and Querkle Examined


Querkle / Photo by Baynard Woods

Curio Wellness, a Baltimore County weed supplier, quickly dropped a lawsuit against the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), which argued the Commission should not be able to solicit applications for additional licenses without carrying out a supply and demand analysis. MMCC has opened the process to authorize more licenses following last year’s last minute bill to correct the lack of diversity among original license holders. In a state where a third of the population is black, none of the original licenses were granted to applicants belonging to blacks.

If Curio had continued the lawsuit and won, they would have ensured that Maryland’s cannabis industry remains white. Curio did not respond to requests for comment, but a spokesperson tried to explain the decision to the Sun.

“Curio was forced to file this action to protect their business investments and rights and to uphold promises made by the State of Maryland and the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to encourage private sector growers to invest and operate in this. important public health program, ”said David Nevins, a spokesperson for Curio. “These promises include that the state not increase the number of grower licenses without first conducting a demand study to determine whether additional supply is needed to meet the demand for this newly created public health program. “

Fairness, fairness, and the whole cultivation of weed are less important than profit. Don’t screw up that joint, you know? It is not a corner that you have to control. I have used the Curio products and loved them. I have to admit that I even bought and loved the awakening tablets, which Curio makes under license from a Colorado company nicknamed “Dixie”, as in the popular Dixie Elixers. I didn’t notice the Dixie on the shelves at first. When I did, I was uncomfortable.

It turns out that Curio is run by Michael Bronfein, a major Democratic donor and friend of Bill Clinton, and one of its main investors is David Smith, who runs Sinclair Broadcast, who you may remember from the last year when Deadspin merged the anchors. across the country reading the same forced script on “fake news”. Or for the deal they made with Donald Trump Jr. for campaign coverage.

After the lawsuit was announced (which would effectively bar black-owned businesses from entering the Maryland weed game), a protest was scheduled at the Curio dispensary and many criticisms and Curio abandoned it. Bronfein issued a statement who said he had “seen our clients’ concerns on social media about racial insensitivity,” touted Curio’s diversity (and their UB scholarship which gives “2-4 full scholarships for students African Americans specializing in Baltimore City accounting “), and that he stood” to the merits of the lawsuit and the failure of the state’s commitment to keep the regulatory promises it made. made to the people who have invested ”.

New requirement for cannabis patients begins April 1

This is not an April Fool. As of April 1, you must have a real medical cannabis card to enter a dispensary. Previously you could save the $ 50 and they would just check your name against the database. But the law now requires that you now purchase the piece of plastic with your number and photo on it. The good thing is that if you do it now, your card is automatically renewed for three years, saving you money on the trip back to the doctor. And many places help you get the card or give you $ 50 worth of product, so check the offers.

Simply log into the MMCC site. And if you haven’t received it before April 1, you can print a temporary one.

Querkle

Paying too much attention to the beauty of a bud is a mad rush, a bit like focusing on the look of a guitar. Some of the nicest and most potent strains are embodied in ugly little buds. But flowers are beautiful, and it’s just as silly, and sadly utilitarian, to ignore their appearance altogether. That being said, Querkle, a powerful combo of Purple Urkle and Space Queen, has beautiful, thick, tight buds covered in crystals and wrapped in leaves of such a deep purple hue that they could’ve written “Highway Star”.

Aesthetic pleasures continue through the other senses as the deep, pine and berry scent transforms into a heavier, almost whiskey-infused flavor when you add fire. Despite all of this, I really didn’t expect to like this strain as much as I did. So many indica-dominant hybrids – that’s 80-20 – are of the couch-lock strain and so many sativas are so quick you barely feel high, that Harvest of Maryland’s Querkle struck me as a revelation when ‘she turned out to be an ideal strain. to perform a task that you find both difficult (requiring concentration) and stressful or obnoxious enough that you want to get drunk.

I discovered this while trying to create an elaborate modern mid-century coffee table that my wife delivered. It’s not IKEA but it follows an even more cryptic version of the same style of directions as the furniture giant. I had a big pile of wood and glass and a pile of screws and bolts along with a few pieces of paper with images similar to the rebus puzzles that you find inside some beer capsules in the old one.

I smoked a Querkle bow and found, to my amazement, that I was almost – almost – having fun as I waded through the pile of materials and, with relatively minimal curses, came out about two hours later with a new coffee table. I was completely absorbed in the task and relaxed, like playing pool after the second beer but before the third.

Then the next day I smoked another large bowl and went out to eat some Mexican food. The Huitlacoche quesadilla, the steaming sopa and ice cold beer I drank with it, were all exceptional – and only partly because of the restaurant. I left, still hungry. But not just for the food. On the contrary, even if it sounds pretentious, I am aware of it, I was hungry for the world.

The other really good thing about this strain is that it doesn’t have a noticeable descent. Even after all the lunchtime food and beer and a general feeling of over-celebration, I spent the rest of my day with a sustained sense of contentment that didn’t degenerate into lethargy.

I was only planning to buy one gram of Querkle, but due to a misunderstanding with the budtender, I ended up with an eighth. At first I was a little disappointed that I slipped (I bought other products and didn’t pay attention to the price as well as I should have). Usually you don’t need more than a gram of a mediocre strain to get a feel for it. But now I’m delighted to have a few extra grams of Querkle to savor.

Strength: 8

Nose: Pone, berries, alcohol

Euphoria: 7

Existential terror: 3

Panic when a crazy person approaches you: 2

Drink pairing: cold water

Musical pairing: “Child in Time”, Deep Purple

Rating: 9

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