So, I never thought I'd live to see the day when I'm able to go to a store that looks like the cosmetics counter at Bloomingdales...and buy pot.
It's been legal to purchase 'recreational weed' and edibles in most counties in Colorado since 2012. It's not without its problems but certainly looks like the cat's out of the bag, so to speak. There are over 300 'outlets' in the greater Denver area. And even in small towns along our route, it's often easy to spot the large green cross identifying the availability of the herbal medicine.
I've been smoking marijuana since the early seventies. Most of those years were fraught with secrecy and mild paranoia. Memories of my first encounter with the stuff was freshman year at Ohio University in our 'Sergeant Hall' dorm room with wet towels shoved under the door. A can of 'Right Guard' sat on the makeshift coffee table made out of record bins next to the communal bong with a psychedelic poster of Jimi Hendrix on the wall behind. Oh, and I do believe we had a black light for an appropriate 'mood.'
I, of course, checked out several specialty stores while visiting and found every type of retail outlet from small Amsterdam-style 'windows' to amazing super stores...like Oasis, which boasts the largest selection of 'bud' in the world. That place really blew my mind, man!