When the state I’m living in was going through a big debate on whether to legalize medical marijuana, I was pretty ambivalent. I had never been a recreational marijuana user nor was I in need of medical marijuana as treatment. So I really had no skin in the game. But in my mind, I thought that if you could go somewhere and buy a case of booze, why not cannabis products? The booze was pretty poisonous stuff and yet that was freely abundant and available to anyone of age. At the same time, I kind of felt like the whole medical marijuana designation was not authentic. In my mind at the time, I thought the medical marijuana thing was simply a way for stoners to get legal weed. That’s just how limited my understanding of the benefits of cannabis were at the time. That all changed once I got sick. Thankfully, they caught my cancer early and my complete recovery is more likely than not. That plus the fact that medical marijuana did win out as sure been a huge positive through this ordeal. Additionally, I’ve learned first hand just how important indica and sativa are to medicine. I also learned that cannabis products have been used for nearly 5000 years to heal folks. That’s a hundred times longer than most pharmaceuticals that help treat cancer. So, I took my first trip to the local cannabis spot and I’m just ever so grateful that I could even do that. For sure, I’ll be different and there will be a new normal in my future. But I think it will also still include trips to the local cannabis spot.