Most government and institutions have a slow acceptance for Marijuana’s medical and social relevance, so even now the path towards its public acceptance is measured in baby steps. But, cannabis in Colorado sees a better future. The good news is that the Colorado’s government took a step forward to value the plant through the public library.
Recently, Anythink Libraries organized a ‘Careers in Cannabis’ panel that is a part of the Anythink Startup in the September month. This brought a triad of exclusive pot-industry executives to discuss the rewards and challenges of being a part of this unique trade. However, this is just the tip of an iceberg full of marijuana multimedia.
Steps that Anythink Libraries Took for Cannabis in Colorado
The publicly funded libraries having seven locations scattered between Brighton, Bennett, Commerce City and Thornton have around 550 items of material related to cannabis including 259 e-books, 150 albums, 108 printed books and 65 movies.
“If it meets our collection development policy and is relevant to our community, then we consider it. We saw a need for factual information for locals and librarians”, says Anythink collection buyer Jennifer Hendzlik. In addition to this, Hendzlik and her associate Anythink buyer, Aaron Bock, has been developing a collection of cannabis in Colorado for interested library visitors. They have also been working on offering knowledge to fellow librarians about how to approach its education and literature.
The team aims to teach its colleagues which cookbooks, historical recollections, growing guides, fiction and more to be put on the shelves for the readers. The team expressed its knowledge in a series of sessions with national chapters and the Public Library Association’s Colorado. However, Bock and Hendzlik do not restrict themselves there; they used rolling papers and oregano to teach attendees about a roll a joint. Further, Hendzlik explained her favorite book and bud paintings, along with a list of books and the strains she thinks mix well with them. Hendzlik assumes that pairing The Shining and Colorado Cough and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Girl Scout Cookies shows readers and librarians that exploring a joint and a book is the same as reading a glass of wine. “We called it ‘puff, puff, lend,'” she jokes. “But really, one of our most important responsibilities as librarians is giving out reliable information,” she added.
Books Making a Difference to the Subject of Marijuana
Buying marijuana in Colorado is legal yet the two believe that exploring books, articles and music for essential information about such portion of the legal world is tough, especially when even some of their colleagues consider marijuana a taboo. But, Hendzlik and Bock research it like any other matter of interest and thus, search relevant authors, established publishers and interesting content.
With knowledge about cannabis through books, articles, etc. the libraries may develop awareness about the benefits of Marijuana among folks. Somewhere, this step also proves that the government is taking a step forward for Cannabis in Colorado, which indeed, is a way to show its interest in it.
Surely, some good news may come up in the years ahead.