I waited for years to get access to some form of legal marijuana. My friends and I in school had to risk losing our venues in our school by chopping the law, purchasing it and consuming it in our dorm rooms. Living in a condo off campus wasn’t any better because we could actually get pulled over by a police officer on the way back from a drug dealer’s house. This truly happened to myself and others once while I was a senior, just a single Springtime semester away from graduation. The police officer who pulled myself and others over was extremely nice to myself and others and just wanted myself and others to believe that our headlights had quit working. I was relieved that he didn’t stink the cannabis in the car or I would have been arrested that night or at least given a stern warning. Nowadays I don’t have to worry about being a criminal while using this elegant plant. I have a state-issued medical marijuana card that I can use at any of the medical marijuana stores in this state. On top of shielding myself and others from legal action, this medical marijuana card also gives myself and others the privilege of buying cannabis products that are always subjected to rigorous lab testing and regulatory scrutiny from the state’s own Office of Medical Marijuana Use. Even in situations where various companies tried to sell products after a drawback lab test report came back, I have seen the OMMU jump in and force the supplier to publicly acknowledge the problem to their clients. That’s why the regulatory scrutiny is equally pressing as the requirement for various lab testing because you need a state government that is willing to crack down on offenders who abuse the system. Otherwise it creates an environment where companies have no incentive to avoid gaming the system.