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As states continue to legalize recreational cannabis, more people are getting to enjoy the benefits of what that really means. However, for those who are still struggling to get by in less-than-legal states, there are a few unique hurdles they must face on a daily basis. Getting your weed is just one part of what can a be a long process to catch a buzz. If you’re living in a state without cannabis laws, you know these seven struggles all too well.

1. You can’t get a hold of your dealer

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Absolutely nothing will ruin a day quite like your go-to dealer being unreachable. Hearing their voicemail signifies a day full of searching for an alternate connection.

If you’re lucky enough to have another source, you know the minutes between hearing that voicemail and calling another dealer are filled with silent prayers that there’s an answer. If not, you’ll be left at the mercy of waiting for a callback and who knows how long that could take.

2. You’ll never experience a festival or cup

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Seeing videos and pictures from Cannabis Cups and other 420 festivals leave you with an unbelievable sense of jealousy. Sure, you could buy a plane ticket and travel to an event, but there’s something unnerving about knowing you’d have to spend a boat load of cash to experience what those lives in legal states have the opportunity to simply drive to.

3. What’s an edible?

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We all know someone who has made the standard cannabis brownies, but what the heck are all these gummies and juices and delectable infused treats enjoyed by those living in places like Colorado?

Besides being the stuff of dreams, edibles are basically non-existing in states without recreational laws. For most, this is a very unfortunate situation.

4. Your heart stops every time you see a cop

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There’s no avoiding this one and no quicker way to ruin a day and a buzz. In states where recreational cannabis still comes with heavy penalties, nothing is worse than laying eyes on the fuzz. It will leave even the bravest of souls with a clenched feeling in their chest and sweating palms.

5. You never have the opportunity to choose your strain

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Options are a luxury in states without dispensaries. One week your dealer might have some amazing strain, with lush, stinky buds and a high THC content that’s made visible by the cluster of sticky crystals and hairs. The next week, though, the strain might be dry and brittle, looking more brown than green.

6. You’re forced to hide

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Probably the worst struggle cannabis lovers living in states without recreational laws face is being forced to hide their usage. Not only is cannabis generally more frowned upon in these states, but many still hold serious consequences for simple possession.

Finding a core group of friends that share your love of herb is extra important, so there’s always someone else who can relate to your daily struggles.

7. While at times it can be scary, smoking cannabis illegally is still better than not smoking at all

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Due to your location, you’re forced to endure hearing the constant badmouthing of a plant you know to be harmless and even lifesaving. While it can certainly be a struggle to be berated with misinformation, you know smoking cannabis is something you won’t be forced to give up.

All there is to do is hope that someday soon your state passes recreational laws and you’ll finally be able to reap the benefits.

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