Like all of my friends, I smoked cannabis in college.
Although I waited until I finished high school, in retrospect I understand why many want to restrict legal cannabis use to adults over the age of 21.
There has been research showing deleterious effects of cannabis on young developing minds, so it’s best to steer clear of any adolescent use unless specifically advocated by a physician for something like severe epilepsy or cancer. I spent too many days in the last days of my teen-years in a brain fog brought on by copious amounts of marijuana consumed from the moment I woke up in the morning until I fell asleep at night. Although I still managed to pass all of my classes in college and finish my undergraduate education, I wish I had paid closer attention while I was there. I think that a lot of the information that went into my brain never stuck like it would have if I had simply been more sober on a day to day basis. Thankfully we have come a long way since I was buying weed from a sketchy street dealer’s house as my state now has legal medical marijuana. I can walk into any legal medical marijuana dispensary in the state, present my card, and get the chance to buy cannabis products without any fear of scrutiny from law enforcement or state regulatory agencies. When I first wanted to get a medical marijuana card in my state, I visited the local medical marijuana dispensary here in town and they walked me through the process. At first I thought it would take months of obtaining medical records to get a medical marijuana recommendation from a state-licensed cannabis physician, but it’s actually much easier and quicker than I assumed. I was in and out of the weed doctor’s office in under an hour.