The Simpsons has been on TV for so long it’s hard to imagine a time when it wasn’t on! I remember watching the show when I was new, before I could even drive a car, and now I am almost 50 and the show is still making new episodes! Some twenty years ago I remember watching an episode about the local Springfield baseball team being bought out and moved to the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The show was a comedy, of course, but played it like the city itself was evil, run by the sinister Mayor of Albuquerque, who laughed like a madman.
I don’t know why that episode stuck with me for so long, but whenever anyone mentioned Albuquerque I would steeple my fingers together and laugh at the old joke. Funny story, I actually went to New Mexico a few months ago, and decided to take a day trip to Albuquerque to check it out firsthand. First of all, I love that there is actually a local baseball team called the Albuquerque Isotopes, which is a direct reference to that same Simpsons episode! Second of all, I have to say that the nicest, most welcoming cannabis dispensary I have ever seen was in Albuquerque, and it was nice enough that it made me want to move there! Albuquerque is one of the many places in America that is pot-friendly, but for some reason this place feels different. Maybe it’s just all the blowback from Breaking Bad about meth use in Albuquerque, but this city embraces it’s cannabis users and treats them with respect.