It was an interesting experience buying legal cannabis for the first time. I’ve been waiting decades to do it, and while standing there waiting (just a few minutes) for my turn at the counter I wasn’t sure whether the surprising thing was that it had actually become possible or that it took so long to become possible.
While we were waiting we got to observe some tourists from out of state scoring their first legal dope, just as we were. It was funny to watch, as they were clearly overwhelmed and the older man of the group appeared to be a bit nervous. They had just got to the counter when we walked in, and still hadn’t decided on a single item to purchase by the time we left. In the meantime, four other customers who’d been ahead of us were serviced, and so were we. I wonder how long it took to get them out of the store. 😀
The seal almost looks like it should have come from an R. Crumb comic, doesn’t it? 😀 That’s a photo of the seal on the legally required label on one of my purchases. Marijuana Enforcement Division. I thought it was funny even before I opened the bottle.
While we were inside the shop, a momentous occasion in our lifetimes, it was interesting but not that big a deal. After we got back into the truck and were pulling out of the parking lot, though, it hit us. We had just purchased legal pot from a state licensed retailer, and out on the highway it was no riskier a proposition than driving with a loaf of bread. It was surreal.
The “budtender” who helped us told us that he recently served a vacationing judge from Alabama who remarked that he “put[s] people in prison for this back home”. I’m not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand it’s his job to do the will of the state legislators, but on the other hand he ruins people’s lives for engaging in an activity that he very clearly does not perceive as inherently wrong. It’s a grotesque hypocrisy. It seems that the guy is another example of why contempt for all courts is the only rational response.
Yeah yeah sure sure, the difference is that it’s illegal in Alabama so it’s good and right and just that people’s lives should be ruined by a judge who could not himself pass a urinalysis drug screening. Cue the music…
I don’t know that it’s universal, but at the weedmart we went to and in the photos I’ve seen of others, the product in the display cases is stored in apothecary jars. I think that instead of budtenders we should call them jaristas. 😀