I just moved back up north after living in the southeast for 10 years.
My girlfriend dragged me down there when she was accepted into undergraduate school.
At the time I was convinced that we were “soulmates” and would get married quickly. Things didn’t pan out exactly how I expected, since we didn’t have a lot in common in the first place. Once we broke up, I had amassed so many friends and secured a good job that I decided to stay in the same location after finding an apartment of my own. The one factor that had me eager to move out of the state was the illegal status of cannabis in the state. But in just a few years time, we went from being one of the holdouts in the state on legalizing cannabis to having one of the biggest medical marijuana industries in the world. Even though I have to pay for doctor’s visits and card renewals with the state, I can walk into a marijuana dispensary and buy anything off the shelf. The only issue with the cannabis program in that state is the vertical integration. The rules from the state force any cannabis company in the state to operate from seed to sale. You must be the grower, processor, packager, distributor, and seller if you want to be part of our medical marijuana program. That’s what pushed me to move out of the state after staying for so many years. The vertical integration cannabis program made it so every weed store was a literal corporation. I have nothing against corporate cannabis as long as I can find quality among the choices available. Thus far, I have found higher quality cannabis in states that don’t have vertical integration rules for their cannabis dispensaries.