My First Experience Buying Legal Pot. Here Is What "Happened"

By David Dickerman

Colorado passed Amendment 64 in November of 2012, thus legalizing marijuana for individuals over the age of 21. Since then, many long-term users have made a pilgrimage to the area not only to indulge, but also to simply experience what it would be like to be a legal consumer. I recently made a trip to the Centennial State and had my first legal marijuana purchasing experience. I don't presume to know much about business or the law, but it was not what I expected.  Many of the surprises made sense once I thought about them more, but here are a few

Competition
First, like any bar or restaurant the type and quality of dispensaries vary drastically. One I went into had countless products with individual’s evaluating your needs before providing you specific direction to appropriate buds. Another was crowded and pushing people through as quickly as possible to increase turn around. Some were clean and well-kept while others could benefit from a little more attention. 

Security
When I walked into each of them my ID was checked and I was told to wait in an outer room. These steps did make me feel more comfortable and stressed a feeling of legitimacy. I left with a sealed bag containing all of my purchases because if I was pulled over, it would inform the authorities that this was legally purchased.
 

Product
In addition to having a wide assortment of products ranging from oils to soda, the quality of the product was unlike any I had received before. It was a clean high and left me without the fogginess of a black market product. It tasted delicious and made me feel exactly as advertised (something of which I am always suspect). That said, it was a bit more expensive than I was used to. I was told that tax can vary according to what state you are from as the tourism industry of the area may see it as a potential draw. I find it hard to disagree with that.