When I was buying marijuana on the black market 10 years ago, it wasn’t easy maintaining connections with good drug dealers.

Often the best weed I could get was homegrown that had questionable qualities, especially the aromas which were typically weak. The effects weren’t exactly something to write home about either, so it was a serious treat when a friend of mine had a connection to California-quality weed at the time. We all wanted something that came from out west it seems, especially if we thought it was medical weed. Now I realize that only a small percentage of this cannabis was actually grown for a medical cannabis dispensary, and of the few that were, I assume that a large fraction of them were reject batches that couldn’t be sold in stores. That’s how a lot of cannabis growers get rid of their batches of weed that is rejected by various dispensaries in their state—they offload it onto the black market. It’s either sold in their home state, or it’s shipped out to the state that lacks any form of legal cannabis market. Thankfully my state finally has a medical marijuana market, and it has never been easier to get a medical marijuana card. You simply make an appointment with a medical marijuana doctor, they create a recommendation for you in the state registry, then you complete a digital application with the state that is typically approved in minutes. You can visit a doctor and get your medical marijuana card approved on the same day if you don’t wait until the end of the afternoon to get it all done.

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