In the past, I always enjoyed going out for my birthday. I would start with a large birthday brunch, and then hit the bars and clubs to get free drinks all evening. This is a school town, filled with hard-celebrationing young people who cherish buying drinks for a birthday boy, even if my pal and I have never met each other before. This year I was turning 50 and did not feel like going out on the town. My age was catching up with me, and I no longer wanted to hang out with young people, even if I did get free drinks. Instead I decided to have a low-key birthday, and I went to the local cannabis dispensary. This shop is the only place in village that has a cannabis dispensary and a smoking lounge! Remember how I said I would get free drinks at the bar for my birthday? The same thing happened at the cannabis dispensary smokers lounge, because almost everyone wanted to deliver me a hit of what they were smoking. That evening I was given three different cannabis edibles, two vape pens, and more hits of weed than I can recall. Someone who worked at the cannabis dispensary was smart enough to take my keys, and one of the people there gave me a ride house at the end of the evening. I easily enjoyed getting all that free cannabis, however what I enjoyed even more was the sense of community I felt at the dispensary. In the cannabis community, my pal and I take nice care of each other.