Dear Stoner: Can I light up in my parked RV?

Dear Stoner: I know that smoking marijuana openly isn't legal anywhere, but what if I'm parked in my RV at a campsite with the windows rolled up and nobody can see me? Would that be legal?

Pot Smokey the Bear

Dear Bear: I like where your head is at, but unfortunately the answer is no. It would not be legal to smoke marijuana in your camper (or tent or car) in a state park — and that includes Jellystone. Even if the vehicle is considered your primary residence, it is where that vehicle is located that matters.

If you've got all your bases covered and Boo-Boo isn't blowing herb smoke into the face of the occasional park ranger patrolling known campsites, though, you've probably got very little to worry about so long as you're in a state park here in Colorado. We would say be respectful of anyone camping around you, but you probably are anyway, right? Keep in mind that marijuana isn't legal at the federal level, so keeping your herb low-key in national parks might be a smart idea. Especially at busy, tourist-heavy places like Rocky Mountain National Park, where even possession is against the law.

That said, I can't remember a camping trip that didn't involve at least a half-ounce of fine Colorado sinsemilla, and I've never gotten in any trouble. Your biggest concern should be making sure you don't start an unintentional fire by tapping out a half-cooked bowl or charcoaling a piece of hash into the brush. That's the last thing the marijuana community needs right now: People blaming forest fires, along with everything else, on marijuana.

Dear Stoner: Would marijuana beer work?

Dave in Arvada

Dear Dave: That's a pretty vague question; we'll assume by your brevity that you're more of a drinker than a ganja smoker. Anyway, would it work? Hell, yeah, it would work. It would be the top seller worldwide the instant it hit the shelves — if all current marijuana laws were disregarded.

The problem is, it wouldn't actually work: Beer — even the strongest brew — has such a low alcohol content that it won't extract enough THC to be worthwhile. And unlike distilled spirits like vodka, which can produce some potent cannabis drinks, beer can't be left out to evaporate away to make the mixture more potent by volume.

 
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stuka1
stuka1

As far as beer goes, it's probably much more interesting to use cannabis for flavor and aroma than for THC content.  It's easy enough to add a little tincture to anything for THC, including a couple of drops into a beer after you open it.  But keep in mind that you you would be doubly dosing with every drink -- both with alcohol and with THC.  Could get weird, especially if the beer already has a relatively high alcohol content. But modern microbrews and homebrewers tend to brew for flavor, and there are a lot of possibilities yet to be explored. However, last I checked, home-brewing forums tended to be highly resistant to anyone even mentioning using cannabis in brewing.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Don't blogs generally have the previous posts at the bottom, or at least a link? Where's the link to previous blog posts?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

On the beer question, I'm pretty sure you could squirt some Everclear tincture into it to get the effect you're looking for. It's probably bound to become a whole lot more popular, in some crowds, with mixed drinks. I once tried tincture in lemonade...there's a nice, conservative mixed drink you could try. Tincture in limeade: "Green Dragon" anyone? Tequila tincture in a margarita might be interesting.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Basic, yes. I only have 400 words in print to work with. Unressearched? not really. As you agree, starting with buds and brewing the beer isn't going to get you stoned -- that was how i took the question. And of course, the higher alcohol content the more you'd theoretically be able to extract... but on average, even microbrewed beer doesn't get much more than 9 or 10 percent ABV which still isn't very high compared to distilled spirits. As for tinctures, you can add those to any drink and make it THC-infused, so that doesn't really count as brewing. Otherwise, your answer is spot on. I really think the flavor of cannabis would make a great addition to some beers.

Tim Lozar
Tim Lozar

I had a friend dry hop a high gravity belgium style ale after the primary fermentation and it worked great, there was plenty of THC in it, one pint was a great dosage for me, at 250 pounds.

timm3y
timm3y

I disagree on the beer, I've enjoyed "high brew" that was a pretty high gravity Belgium style ale that was dry hopped with a bunch of trim that got me high as hell.


Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

of course it would 'work'...does not mean it should be done.

Dev Adams
Dev Adams

Your marijuana beer answer is woefully under researched and basic. If you are starting with the buds themselves, you are correct, the process probably won't bring out enough THC to be effective - but you will certainly get some flavor. Unless, of course, you add those buds to a beer that is meant to age for a long period of time. I haven't heard of anyone adding buds during lagering (although that might be interesting), but there are folks who have used them making barley wines and barrel-aged beers to some success. There are brewers who have experimented with using tinctures in their brews, and those have turned out rather interesting. And since cannabis and hops are so closely related, it isn't a stretch to believe that both plants were used as spices in beer during history. So just making Fatty Tire wouldn't necessarily work, but pot beer isn't so far off the mark.

Monkey
Monkey

You can't toke in public. Last time I checked, a private RV is not public, even if it's on public land. 

Monkey
Monkey

@RangerRick   I agree. But even dumb people like me know having a lesser expectation of privacy on public roads/land doesn't mean a RV becomes public when driving on public roads or parked on public land.

RangerRick
RangerRick

@Monkey LOL. Well, you be sure and tell that to the state park ranger as he busts you for smoking marijuana in the park.

 
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