As I appreciate my modern life in Albuquerque, NM, I look back to my years in Michigan before cannabis was legal.
There was a medical marijuana law in 2008, but before after that we had a buddy who was growing it indoors about 30 miles north of Ann Arbor.
Every year Ann Arbor would have its infamous Hash Bash that dates back to the 1969s. People gather in The Diag in downtown Ann Arbor and smoke weed in full public display. The neighborhood famously implemented a $5 marijuana good in 1980 when it decriminalized the plant. Now that good is $25, but you can finally purchase marijuana recreationally. That makes a celebration appreciate Hash Bash even more exciting. You can walk from a dispensary downtown and get to the celebration within minutes. After moving to Albuquerque, I forgot about Hash Bash. NM has had legal medical marijuana since 2007, but now we have recreational cannabis as well. My number one dispensary in Los Volcanes has a sale every month on weird products. He rotates through his inventory, something popular among all of the cannabis stores in Bernalillo County. You’d think that I’d believe if my own neighborhood had a marijuana celebration every year, but I was absolutely ignorant of the NM 420 Fest. It’s along Central Ave between 3rd St and 7th St on May 20th every single year, and this year is poised to be a blast. There will be food vendors of all kinds lined up and down Central Ave, giving all stoners a bountiful selection of delicious munchies to satisfy their appetites.