When I fantasized about legal cannabis in school, I never thought about the possibilities of a bureaucratic nightmare besieging our state’s eventual legal weed program. Instead, I would look at the photos of cannabis plants in high times magazine with a look of awe on our face in addition to full of hope that I’d have access to the best weed in the world once it became legal in our area. At the time the people I was with and I had no choice however to buy it from local growers on the black market. Very little of it at a single point was coming from out west where it was legal at the time. There were a lot of home growers who had hydroponic setups in their garages in addition to spare bedrooms while trying to evade police detections for a number of years. Some of the weed the people I was with and I bought from these local black market growers is almost as good as the legal cannabis that I buy from dispensaries nowadays. But this was not constantly the case, in addition to often the people I was with and I were forced to smoke moldy marijuana or buds that were obviously grown with pesticides at a single point or another. I was so focused on cannabis legalization for the sake of it that I failed to consider possible disadvantage side effects of the legalization process. Your marijuana industry’s success in your state is going to depend on how it is set up by your state government. Even the “best” marijuana industries out west are being stymied by too several state taxes that are leaving cannabis users more financially burdened than ever before. I should be glad that the people I was with and I don’t have these cannabis taxes here, however the people I was with and I have rules that force us to keep products in original containers with their printed labels when the people I was with and I transport our weed from our home to another.