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I Was A 25-Year-Old Marijuana Virgin. I’M Not Anymore.


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I took the cookie, but didn’t eat it. I’m 25. And, having made it this far without marijuana, I figured I’d wait a couple weeks until you could buy it in stores. I was until New Year’s Day, a cannabis virgin.



As a reporter for The Independent assigned to cover Colorado’s pot legalization, it occurred to me that everybody seemed to know what it’s like to be high, except me.

That is, until yesterday, when motivated by what I saw as my responsibility to thorough news coverage, I went to Medicine Man, a dispensary on Nome Street in north Denver, in order to buy cannabis legally. In the spirit of full disclosure, I admitted my inexperience to an enthusiastic and extraordinarily polite “budtender,” Jason Coleman. To my relief, he confided that he first got high when he was 24, after serving in the Navy. As two late-bloomers, I felt between us a certain solidarity.



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