I just talked to a friend I hadn’t heard from in a while. He sounded chipper as usual, even when he almost casually mentioned that the cancer he’d fought off with surgery and chemo more than a year ago was back. He’s undergoing radiation treatment this time.

He mentioned that he was trying to find some way to deal with the pain and discomfort. “I need help medi-cann-ly,” he said. He was looking for someone who could get him some pot.