In this week's edition of Tabletop Wrestling, Mike Seely and Dan Person debate the ethics of spiking brownies with marijuana without volunteering the star ingredient's inclusion.
Mike Seely thinks it's kosher to secretly spike brownies with pot.
Marijuana is close to being legal in Washington State, and from an enforcement standpoint, it pretty much is already. It is an herb, as at home in your cupboard as parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme. And its most active ingredient, THC, can be rendered as a much better form of butter in a variety of baked goods.
Your house is your house, and what you serve is your choice. It is also your guests' choice to eat--or not eat--what you have to offer. If you choose to put out a platter of pot brownies and a guest asks what's in them, you are ethically obligated to disclose that there's a dash of marijuana contained within. But if they don't ask, then you're not obligated to tell them unless you know that they're regularly subjected to random drug tests. Since most people who must endure such screenings are either recovering addicts or parolees (or both), you probably wouldn't be putting out a platter of pot brownies at a party they'd be attending in the first place, so that's something of a moot point.
It's also critical to make sure that when you serve your stealth platter of pot brownies, you do so at a party where people are going to be drinking rather heavily, and where no one under 21 is in attendance. That way, the unsuspecting consumer will (hopefully) have made transportation arrangements that don't place him or her behind the wheel of a car, and will just think they're catching a mega-booze buzz. Which brings us to our next point: Only serve the "secret recipe" on a Friday or Saturday night, as pot brownies will typically render one to the couch the following day if multiple squares are eaten, and nobody should have to work the day after a pot brownie munchathon.
Granted, this argument probably won't play so well in Middle America. But this is Seattle: Anyone who walks into a weekend engagement hosted by consenting adults should all but assume that the green monster is going to make its presence felt at some point in the evening. And if you put it in brownies, it won't stink up the house or harsh on sensitive throats.
Dan Person advocates for full disclosure when it comes to pot brownies.
In regards to the ethics of passing marijuana brownies to unknowing consumers, I'll just say that Mr. Seely does a commendable job overturning 2,500 years of Western morality in declaring what could be summed up as a "my house, my rules" ethos.
But there's good reason to consider sneaking some pot into a guest's bloodstream a really bad idea, even if by some sophistry it could be called ethical.
Just as marijuana is not the life-destroying devil weed that drug czars and DARE officers have cast it as for all these years, it's also not an all-purpose salve from Krishna's flower garden. And just as some folks can't "hold their liquor" and become wife-leering, bad-joke-telling assholes if over filled on the sauce, others are apt to become clammed up creeps with suspicious eyes darting around like a kit-cat-clock when rendered stoned. Get too many of that type in a room and you could find your party stricken so silent you wished Gary would continue explaining his half-baked theory about Sting.
But it doesn't have to be that way. With a little bit of education for your guests as to which dishes have been given a little bit of THC TLC, you can allow them to self-police. If they know themselves to be the type who thrive on a good high, then they will get to munching. If they know the brownies will have them looking for the tightest closest to hide in within the half-hour, then they'll pass.
Either way, you'll be hailed as a host most generous. And ethical.