Legal Marijuana: One more thing for our data-obsessed society to track

Smoking pot used to be as low tech as one could get. The only quantitative metric was price. Everything else was qualitative (”this weed is bad-ass”). Of course going to the movies used to be the same. Quantitative measures were few (e.g., box office) and the rest were qualitative (”Critics love it!”). But those days are long gone and for any movie in theaters my teenage son can rattle off the ratings on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes. With legalization, the world of weed is being introduced to our data-obsessed ways. From Vice Motherboard:

If I’m going to track and share and identify with the food I eat, the exercise I do, the people I hang out with—and live with having these things tracked by technology companies, data brokers, government agencies, advertisers, anyone else who wants to get into my business, really—at some point my state-sanctioned recreational drug use is going to enter the equation.

Strain types, THC and CBD levels are displayed prominently at retail stores, like stats for a sports team. For example, I’ve become very fond of MediHaze, a Sativa-dominant hybrid with a 5.03 THC/10.3 CBD ratio.

This is just the beginning. Just wait for people to be as religious about wearing their FitBits when getting high as they do when they go for a run.

By: Wesley