Jan
06

MARIJUANA.
It’s a hot topic these days. Especially in Denver.
(although my mom tells me it’s on the news all over the country – I don’t watch TV so I wouldn’t know)
I don’t smoke marijuana, I don’t smoke anything. I don’t enjoy it. Even if I did enjoy smoking, I’m still not sure that I’d do it.
Even though marijuana does not play a part in my life, it is somewhat exhilarating to be in Denver during this epic moment in history.
Jan. 1, 2014 marks the day that it is LEGAL to purchase marijuana. That is crazy. 
I’m all for it. Legalize Marijuana, Ban Cigarettes. 
Cigs kill, Maryjane doesn’t.
It’s peaceful, in a way.
Everyone in Colorado smokes. I mean, EVERYONE. Everyone in Colorado is super laid back, peaceful, and HEALTHY.

Just a few days ago, I paid a visit to one of the many dispensaries here in Denver. I didn’t make a purchase, I went simply for the experience. Finding a medical dispensary in Denver is very easy, there is one on every street corner (practically) but finding a store that dispenses marijuana for recreational use is a little tricky. I was directed to an iPhone app called Weedmaps that lists every dispensary in your surrounding area. But you see, most of the stores only dispense if you have a “red card”. If you are purchasing for recreational use, you would not have a red card. I called 3-4 different places before I found a place that supplies maryjane for recreational use. When I showed up to the facility, I was asked for my ID and told to wait about 30 minutes (there were several people ahead of me). During your wait, there are things to look at and shop:  garb, t-shirts, bongs, candies, etc.

After only 15 minutes, my name was called by a little guy, similar to how a nurse would call your name in the waiting room when it is your turn to see the doctor. This place started out as a MEDICAL dispensary so I guess they want to keep that medical vibe going on. I was led to a counter where a cute little girl offered me my options. There were 3 different types of marijuana that I could smell (FREE SMELLS!) and choose from. She was ready to bag up whichever one I chose, I think they bag it up in a little brown bag or something similar. And that’s it. You pay and walk out. The little girl wasn’t mad that I wasn’t purchasing anything, I’m for sure I wasn’t the first person to walk in and not make a purchase. She encouraged me to come back when they start selling baked goods and wished me a Happy New Year. Maybe I will go re-visit to check out the pot brownies, or cookies, or chocolate, or whatever it is they’ll have. Again, all for the experience. Because I can. Ha!

Out of curiosity, I googled recipes using this flavorful herb and I actually found 7-10 vegan-ish recipes! If you’re curious, but only if you live in Denver where it’s legal, check out these vegan marijuana-laced recipes: 

Ganja Guacamole
Marijuana Chai Tea
Marijuana Bruschetta
Bloody Mary Jane
Headband Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Drops 

Marijuana Infused Mixed Green Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Cannabis Infused Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Decent recipes, right? 
…who knew….

So what do you think, friends?
Any feedback? I’d love to hear what you’ve got to say on this topic!
peace.

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