November 8, 2016 was an historic election day for many reasons. Among the more positive ones, the possession and cultivation of marijuana was (finally) legalized in the state of California, which was supposed to go into effect at the start of 2018. Now, it’s no secret the Golden State has been taking bong rips since before Snoop-Dogg was relevant–excluding those prudes in the Central Valley–but Santa Barbara has yet to see any recreational use storefronts. We’ve waited long enough; where are the vending machines stocked with Mama Ganja?
Why does this concern you? Honestly, it probably doesn’t if you live in Isla Vista where there’s a drug dealer on every corner (though a responsive one is as hard to find as a spot in the lib during finals week). But if you’re like me, you were never able to forge that plug/user bond and, without a med card, your only option left has been the random hits offered to you by friends and dudes hitting on you as the clock chimes midnight and the kickbacks begin (where the potheads can thrive). There is hope! If you’re up for a trip down to State Street, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn of the coming tourist attractions. That’s right! After much opposition, county officials voted to allow a whopping five recreational weed shops, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.
No such dispensaries have been finalized in our downtown hub, but never fear. Our badass mayor, Cathy Murillo, will ensure that everyone has a joint between their lips after dancing in the cages at Wildcat. Trust— the shopaholics’ favorite street is set to transition into a stoner’s paradise.