I moved back to my hometown to take care of my parents, but that’s probably the only way I would have returned. This place is popular with retirees and I had few to any interests being here after I left for college in another state. Aside from lacking many other people of my age, there aren’t too many businesses here as well. We have two grocery stores, one pharmacy, and three restaurants that aren’t fast food joints. If I want to experience more variety, I have to climb into my car and drive to an adjacent city. I should have expected this when medical marijuana was legalized in my state four years ago, but I also hoped that things would change. I prayed that my city would approve at least one cannabis dispensary, and now I worry that I should have been more careful about what I was wishing for. Once one weed company received approval to build a store here, that was the end of the licenses issued. Several more marijuana businesses stepped forward to apply for licenses to build stores, but they were all rejected individually. I wonder if there was a special deal cut between our City Council and the owners of the one single marijuana store that is within our city limits. You will find cannabis dispensaries on the outskirts of our city, but even those businesses had to fight tooth and nail to get their licenses. The county commissioners tried to block them but lost the legal battle in the end. I just wish I didn’t have to drive so far to simply have access to more than two or three different strains of marijuana on a long term basis. It’s easy to get sick of a particular strain of weed if you’ve had it constantly for years on end.