I could literally write a novel about my relationship with marijuana. It's one of the longest and healthiest relationships of my life. It began when I was 16, but before I buzzed my head. I go on the weed, and I go off of the weed in my life. I've smoked in many countries, many cities, many houses, cars, and more nature scenes than anyone can imagine. It's put me to sleep and it's kept me awake; it's dulled my dreams as I sleep and amplified them when I'm awake. Weed has calmed me down and sped me up. It has expanded my consciousness. I've smoked it in joints, pipes, bongs, apples. I've eaten it in chocolate, honey, candy, and cookies. And it's all basically been illegal to some degree, until now.
Weed, for me, and virtually every user out there, is not some grip-me-with-addiction substance. It's herb. And now it's legal in Colorado, what a huge step. I don't know if I'd ever consciously considered the actual legalization of marijuana anywhere in the United States, let alone my home state. Rocky Mountain High, Colorado. I remember when Denver was the first city to legalize less than an ounce of marijuana for people over 21. Naturally the Mile High City would be first in line to do so in United States and it began something that is becoming more and more accepted; the legalization of pot. It's sort of surreal, but then again I've been stoned a few times since the new year when it was "for sale" official, soooooo, yeah.
Every now and then I get sentimental about weed and all the awesome stuff we've done together. These past few days it's been sort of in everyone's face here in Colorado so I've been thinking about it a little more and realizing what a huge horizon we've finally come to as a people to legalize a fantastic and useful plant here in Colorado that causes so much violence because it's widely illegal the world over. Other than that, folks are just want to get stoned and live their lives accordingly. Why all the violence?
One more reason Colorado will always be at the top of my favorite places on Planet Earth: bringing legalized weed to the USA. I hope my years of smoking weed here somehow contributed.