By: Amanda Díaz de Hoyo
Lately I have been writing some columns in English for a web magazine. On my blog it will not be different, just a practice! I have done that before, doing my own translations, and here I am after an unforgettable trip to California, with my sister.
Wines, of course we will had some with delicious and fresh food; local beers, mainly artisan made and even apple cider, produced on a nearby county. There is no doubt about the array of cultures, food, religions, music and beliefs in California. Now days, when recreational marijuana has been approved, for some people in the wine country is going to be competition, for others more confusion and mental rush, and from an increasing amount of tourists means of pairing sativas and indicas, with Sauvignon Blanc or Zinfandel. What about the cannabis hybrids? Not so quick, please. This is a learning process.
As a new member of the medical cannabis society in Puerto Rico, I have to say that I have learned a lot. Since smoking pot was not my thing, just wine and food, but my body and cells have another point of view, I had to overcome the stigma that my Catholic upbringing –although I am agnostic now—had done in my mind. Catholic guilt, gone like forever. That was the first thing to get rid off.
After having my dispensary and my doses sorted out, and honestly I feel quite a relief from my illness, I was on my way to California for a week or so.
No problem, I thought, since California approved Medical Cannabis more than 20 years ago. Now, it has the recreational part included.
Look what I found out as a cannabis patient in the wine country. If you go to Solano County, the city of Vallejo, according to people from a dispensary, if you are not a resident of the state with a valid ID, you cannot buy medical or recreational marijuana.
If you go to Alameda County, Oakland to be exact, the county´s laws are different. You can have any proof of being US citizen and no problem.
This ambiguity in a new law has many cons for cannabis patients traveling out of their areas. So, counties, states and territories must have reciprocity laws allowing patients with a valid cannabis license to buy their medicine.
In terms of wine and weed, there are several companies in California doing tastings of both. Some of them are: California Cannabis Tours, Sonoma Cannabis Company, MJ Tours. Just google their names.
Many of the tours start in Oakland, as Shawn, from Magnolia Wellness on Adeline Street, explained in my incursion for my pot. “Here we serve medical and recreational cannabis, with different strains, and also hybrids”, he added. Adeline, the name of my godmother comes again to Oakland, I thought.
With a sensorial experience with the one I had, a hybrid infused with tangerine and citrus flavors, mainly sativa, and that´s why I thought about the Savignon Blanc, or perhaps a Verderjo or Vinho Verde, will pair with it.
I have a long way to go, so do laws allowing patients to decide how to treat their conditions. I hope federal government can allow patients to travel with their doses and acknowledge their licenses in every jurisdiction of the USA, territories included.
Next, I suppose, there will be more tourists going to places like California, Colorado, Washington and other states that are feeling this new kinf of tourism. Last but not least, we went to Mendocino county, to visit a couple of wineries and you can smell cannabis on the road to the grapes. Symbiosis.
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