Writer Sandy Banks of The Los Angeles Times suffers from arthritis and has always used conventional drugs, such as Celebrex. Then she became curious about buying medical marijuana – available legally in California for the last 12 years.
Banks’ account of buying the marijuana gives an inside look at a state-sanctioned dispensary where the front counter displays more than a dozen varieties of the plant.
“I was struck by how ordinary it all seemed,” Banks write. “I felt like I was at the apple bin at Trader Joe’s choosing between Fuji and Gala” apples.
“I left with a red vial of sweet-smelling Yumbolt, at $55 for an eighth of an ounce. I carried it home in the trunk of my car, convinced that every cop I passed could tell I was transporting marijuana.”