I grew up, went to college and spent the majority of my life in the northeastern part of the country.
The area is known for brutally long and cold winters.
Temperatures down to negative twenty degrees are common. The snow accumulation far surpasses the national average. We were trapped inside and reliant on the heating system for more than half the year. When I retired, I took some time to consider different areas of the country. I looked into the weather, scenery, cost of living and politics. I chose to move to San Francisco. The weather is absolutely beautiful. It never gets cold enough to snow, and the heat of summer is tolerable. There is amazing shopping, restaurants, nightlife and outdoor activities to enjoy. A big reason I decided on San Francisco was the accessibility to recreational cannabis. There are multiple dispensaries open for business in the city. All it takes is a valid government-issued identification to be able to shop and purchase cannabis. Anyone over the age of 21 can legally possess up to 28.5 grams of weed, as well as up to 8 grams of concentrate. I can even grow up to six live marijuana plants in my home. I’ve found that cannabis is extremely helpful in treating aches, pains, migraines and insomnia. It also helps me to relax and de-stress. I like to sit on my back porch in the evenings, light up a joint or a pre-roll and enjoy the sunset. Cannabis is way better for me than alcohol. There are no long-term, harmful side-effects that I’m aware of. No one has ever overdosed on marijuana.