Marine fog casts a gray haze and fills the air with palpable moisture on the coastal bluff overlooking the vast blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

The puffs of smoke floating off my joint seem to meld in perfectly with the hazy setting as I belly-up to the railing on a cliff-side fence to secure a view of surfers catching the early morning waves at The Hook, a famed surf break in Santa Cruz’s Pleasure Point neighborhood.

It’s one day post-Memorial Day 2021, so “hot vax Summer” has officially begun, and I’m smoking Blue Dream in the city that launched the globally renowned cultivar in 2003. Few places on Earth have a cannabis culture as deep and influential.

Sure, the early 21st century’s great Blue Dream flood has since receded. Today the strain is…

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