Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A License To Chill

I've lived in Chicago for six months now, and a Christmas trip home to Denver has reminded me of all the good stuff I left behind in the move. I've done a fair bit of trading. Mountains were swapped for skyscrapers, my checking account went from Wells Fargo to Chase, and I keep an eye out for gang members now instead of overzealous Christian Fundamentalists looking to ram a pipe bomb up the bunghole of progress.

No matter the differences, though, things are pretty much the same. The ups and downs still transfer, much like the aforementioned bank accounts (which remind me daily that I'd better sell a book soon if I want to keep living the lavish, flood level, sub-basement lifestyle). For instance, my new neighboring states are every bit as lame as the old ones, Chicago drivers are equally oblivious as Denver ones, and a shower beer is just as refreshing in either city. But, while I was out driving yesterday, I was reminded of one thing Denver does boast over the Land of Lincoln: Legalized Weed.

In Colorado, no matter the season, it's green all year round. This is because, as in 15 other states, it's been legal to purchase medicinal marijuana for the past decade. Since then, and especially following 2008 legislation, pharmaceutical dispensaries have been sprouting up faster than fields of Maui Wowie in tropical sunshine, mon. Sure, you do have to obtain a prescription, but it seems like little more than a formality these days, since over 115,000 people (2% of the state population) are licensed to chill. All you need is an approved "chronic" ailment, and a doctor who's cool enough to realize that he'll never see you again until you start having high-cholesterol heart palpitations as result of your perpetual munchies.

Green First-Aid crosses seem to be the unifying  flag of choice, but storefronts (over 700 of them!) run the gamut for decor, according to the seediness of the neighborhood, and the cleanliness of the clientele. From tie-dye, hippie inspired motifs, to stark, professional fascist architecture, there seems to be a place for everyone to go for a little herbal remedy. It's fun to take a cruise down Broadway or Federal and try to count all the shops, but is as impossible as trying to guess the number of new venereal diseases born in every episode of Jersey Shore.

Who knows, maybe legal weed will come to Chicagoland soon, too (God knows they'd make a fortune on the taxes). It looks like the trend is tightly rolling its way across the country, and honestly, I think we could all use a few more brownies and a little more relaxation. And maybe it'd give that tenth-grade dropout who hangs out inconspicuously on the various streetcorners of my block some chance of career mobility.

-Brandon

Beer: Dos Equis Amber
Music: The Rolling Stones


Chicago is aching for ganjapreneurs.

20 comments:

  1. awsome blog! i like the "meth" category ahah

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  2. Ahh I guess this is the context for the south park episode about medicinal mary jane.

    Didn't realise it was becoming more and more tolerated.


    Btw man you have such a sick layout!

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  3. License to chill. I wish that people would let up on the chilling around me weed gets me sick when I smell it. But good for those who need it.

    http://theadorkableditzmissteps.blogspot.com/

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  4. Let's just hope that weed become common and people stop caring. Here in Quebec nobody cares about marijuana and people who don't smoke usualy don't give a crap about those who do.

    Nice music-beer btw.

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  5. I detest the stuff but I'd love to see it legalized. I want other people's poor lifestyle choices to subsidize mine for a change.

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  6. Very cool title and inspired blog

    following

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  7. It should be legalized already! I think it will be a better world :D

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  8. Ohhhh.. my hip.. my eye.. I need weed so I don't die..LOl

    See I wrote about the skanky pusher, you write on the pusher in a suit.. Love this post and thank you for reading my scribbly words..

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  9. I'd like to visit Chicago one day. Or just USA in general :)

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  10. I'm not a fan of this stuff, but to each their own.

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  11. You do have easy access to the greatest pizza in the world though.

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  12. I'm not a fan of Mary Jane but at the same time I don't think she should be shunned. Just because my personality and her's don't click doesn't mean other people can't be friends with her.

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  13. Nothing beats nature untouched.
    I can't stay in the city without getting out to the woods atleast on the weekends.
    God ftw.

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  14. not sure if gang members are better than fundamentalist christians... that's where the weed comes handy

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  15. Heh! Good post. They jolly well ought to allow one to medicate oneself in the good old South of Africa too. It really does help people with serious complaints though - people going through MS and chemotherapy and stuff. It ALMOST makes me feel bad about being a recreational user.. but only almost.

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  16. man southpark episode was great and i think what happens in the episode is much likely to happen in real life if this license thing grows bigger.

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  17. Legalized Weed = More taxes, less prison costs for low level non-violent offenders, ad higher sales on munchies/snack foods. Problem economy?

    Also, I've lived all over Canada(your northern neighbour) myself and found no matter where you go people are the same. It's all just young, old, middle age. The only thing that is different is the trends and gimics.

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  18. we don't get that in the UK, but boy, it sounds fun! =P

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