I was shocked when our house state finally legalized medical cannabis.
The people I was with and I were consistently a single of the most notorious states for having draconian drug laws surrounding the marijuana plant.
I had a friend get arrested once for just having a joint in his backpack during a random stop and frisk by police. These days you can have a gram of hashish in your back pocket and you won’t get in trouble as long as you can show you’re a medical patient and the hash was bought at a medical dispensary. To be honest, I recognize the cops here are thrilled they don’t have to waste their time with non-violent marijuana infractions any longer. Still, it can be confusing dealing with our medical marijuana program if you’re used to a single from a peculiar state. When medical cannabis was first legalized here, you could only purchase tinctures, oils, capsules, and vaporizer cartridges. It took more than one years of constant court litigation with the state to finally see cannabis flower products on the shelves at our medical cannabis dispensaries. Even then, you had to buy it in these ceramic pods that were intended to be inserted in a $600 vaporizer. Everyone broke the pods open back then, resulting in ceramic dust getting in most peoples’ cannabis flower. Nowadays you can walk into any cannabis dispensary and get a jar of clean and safe flower buds as long as they have some instock. Some of our regulations are necessary though. The people I was with and I have stricter standards for lab testing than other states, meaning that our marijuana is easier to trust for its purity and potency.