I’ll never forget the first year after my state finally legalized marijuana for medical use.
First of all, it took several tries to get the issue on the ballot in the first place.
The sponsors of the state constitutional amendment had to get a half a million petition signatures before we were given a chance to vote on it during the November state election. The first time the amendment failed to sustain 60% of the vote, but it passed with over 70% of the vote two years later during the November general election. While it was frustrating going through that experience the first time, I was relieved when it finally passed the second time around. While it was definitely great to have legal cannabis for the first time ever, there were obvious pitfalls with the program in the beginning. For one, the products available were limited. There was a smoking ban at first, which meant you couldn’t even get cannabis flower products until two years after the legal medical cannabis program started. Aside from product limits, the costs were also exceedingly higher than they are now. It was rare to find your favorite products on sale or at competitive prices back then. Nowadays there are sales going on at dispensaries nearly every single day of the week. It’s almost hard to shop at your favorite dispensary on a day where there isn’t a single sale of some kind going on. There are internet forums dedicated to finding the best deals at the cannabis dispensaries as well. At the end of the day, you’ll get out what you put in regarding the work chasing deals and sales at various cannabis stores.