I have lived my whole life in the Albuquerque area. I love the landscape, weather and everything about this part of the country. I was especially happy when recreational cannabis was legalized in 2021. It has taken until just this year for the dispensaries to finally be able to sell to adults 21 years and older. While the medical mairjuana program has been in place since 2007, I was unwilling to go through the process and pay the money to get my card. I truly believed that recreational cannabis would be available within a year or two. I didn’t expect to wait almost five years before being permitted to step into a dispensary. I am allowed to purchase up to two ounces of marijuana, which is enough to roll about 60 joints. Or I can purchase a comparable amount of liquid concentrates and edible treats. Although there are a lot of restrictions on where and how much cannabis is acceptable, legalization has made a huge difference for me. I suffer from psoriasis on my elbows and knees. It is painful, embarrassing and there is no cure. The recommended pharmaceuticals and treatments are expensive, come with harmful side-effects and aren’t overly effective. I have had a great deal of success with cannabis topicals. The cannabinoids interact with receptors in the surface of the skin. The terpenes are absorbed deep into the skin. The topicals cause no high effects and are easy to apply. They tend to smell quite nice and offer impressive relief from the redness, itching and scaling. Cannabis lotions and balms are also a lot less expensive than prescription medication.