I was eager to visit my friend Ron when he moved out west following graduate school.
He accepted a job at a liberal arts college teaching music theory and history to freshman and sophomore aged students.
I was working at an online media publication doing copy editing and graphic design work whenever my help was needed in that department. It wasn’t making me happy, but I was surviving and managing to pay my bills despite my frustrations with my work duties day after day. Ron wasn’t enjoying his work life any more than I was, but there was one huge benefit that he could enjoy that I couldn’t. His state passed a law legalizing recreational cannabis just four years after Ron moved. Even though he was teaching at a college, his employer never conducted drug tests and didn’t force him to sign any paperwork promising that he would stay “clean.” That’s when Ron started encouraging me to visit him out west in his chique city apartment. We could visit all of the amazing cannabis dispensaries that he was regularly frequenting. Since his state had a medical cannabis industry for years prior to the legalization of recreational weed, the stores and growing facilities were already open and ready to expand. Now you can find dispensaries on every other street corner in his city. Two of the strains that I loved the most when I was visiting Ron were Runtz and Velvet Glove. They’re both insanely popular strains in the cannabis world and they’re also almost always purple in color. I love purple colored cannabis strains for sheer bag-appeal alone.