It says something about public perception surrounding medical cannabis when an announcement that I’m heading to the local dispensary still elicits a chortle or two. Even, it seems, when the visit is for professional purposes.
General consensus is that I am likely to return high and any notion that there could also be a genuine health reason is considered tenuous at best.
One thing is for sure. The team behind Grow Antigua have their work cut out when it comes to debunking some of the myths surrounding one of the country’s newest industries.
Seven months have passed since the Redcliffe Quay outlet threw open its doors to business – conveniently, some have pointed out, opposite both a waffle hut and an ice cream shop. The munchies can of course afflict the best of us, regardless of one’s motives for partaking.
Grow Antigua’s PRO Leo Moody-Stuart is OK with the jokes, as long as people understand there is a “serious side” too.
“Even we make jokes sometimes; that’s just the way it is. But the fact is, people come in for medical reasons,” he says.
Retail manager Zack Hadeed says his “personal goal is to make sure that people’s perception of medicinal cannabis use changes” by the time they leave the store – notwithstanding the odd drunk tourist who will be politely asked to return when sober.
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