Maine May Be Next to Sell Weed Through Circle K Gas Stations, Like Florida
Cannabis use is finally becoming more and more normalized.
I equate it to your evening glass of wine, or your beer after a long day. Your nightly gummies or your joint of the evening will take you out of your stressful work mindset and put you in your relaxed, sleepy mindset.
With 89 recreational dispensaries in Maine, the days of getting your bud from a creepy guy in a dark car behind a gas station parking lot are over...or are they?
In Florida, a very Republican state, cannabis use could be as accessible and normal as grabbing gas. Literally.
"Starting sometime in 2023, a small number of Circle K gas stations in Florida—around 10 of them, to be precise—will partner with legal cannabis retailer Green Thumb Industries on in-store weed products," according to a Car and Driver article.
Now, cannabis is only legal for medicinal use in Florida; however, this raises a lot of questions for states where cannabis is recreationally legal.
Does it matter where you get your weed from? Would you prefer to have dispensaries or the accessibility of gas stations?
Comparing marijuana to alcohol, there are a variety of ways to get booze: a bar, packy (beer store like The City or NH Liquor and Wine Outlets), grocery store, and yes, gas stations.
So, do we think Maine will see this?
Well, there is already a gas station providing medicinal cannabis, located at 460 Warren Ave in Portland, Maine.
"Atlantic Farms is a convenience store, gas station and the first medical cannabis store to open in Portland," according to a Hall of Flowers article. "It’s a place where all customers, whether they’re stopping in for some diesel, a quick snack or specifically to purchase cannabis, are treated to a comfortable, respectful and kind experience guided by 5 simple core values - honesty, communication, innovation, compliance and integrity."
So Maine, will cannabis become integrated into our life through gas stations? Will it become as accessible as a kit-kat bar, a bottle of Lunch IPA, or a four-pack of OJ?
I guess the sunshine state will be the guinea pig.