He simply could not compete with all the fresh competition in the cannabis industry, so after that he only bought weed for himself.
As much as I enjoy the convenience of the dispensary, I sort of miss the old “Wild West” days of getting high. Three years ago the citizens of this state voted to legalize medical marijuana, and the following year they voted to legalize recreational use as well. Before then, I always bought my stuff from Mike, an old friend of mine from high school. Mike treated pot like a business, and was offering home delivery long before the dispensary came around. Mike never had a wide array of inventory but his prices were good and he respected the client-dealer relationship. The cannabis dispensary is really amazing, with hundreds of different products, but I still find myself missing Mike. If I ran out of cannabis two days before payday, Mike would front me a bag to tide me over. You think the corporate cannabis dispensary will ever do something like that? Nope, never in a million years. Once cannabis was legalized and the dispensaries opened, Mike went out of business. He simply could not compete with all the fresh competition in the cannabis industry, so after that he only bought weed for himself. A few weeks ago I actually ran into Mike at the cannabis dispensary, and we caught up on old times. I bemoaned the fact that he was no longer selling cannabis, but he said “I might be doing it again.” I thought that meant he would start selling cannabis again. Instead, it turns out that he was at the cannabis dispensary to apply for a job as a budtender, which broke my heart a little bit.