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OK, here's my 2 cents. Back in the day I used to smoke a little reefer. Unlike some others who seemed to adopt drug use as their identity, it was merely relaxing and recreational for me. The usual day went like this. I'd get up in the morning, shower, shave, dress, and head in to work. After work I'd go home, shower, change clothes and head, at least in summer, for the shade in the back yard. I'd plop down in the chaise lounge with a beer, and light up a joint. I'd take 2 or 3 hits, it was really good stuff, and put the joint out. Then I'd sip my beer and read the paper or a magazine or a book, and just "decompress" from the day. I wasn't out to get blasted, just relax. I'd get a nice little glow going. There are a lot of folks out there who do just that, and are not subversive elements looking to bring down civilization. I read somewhere else on the web that the Mexican drug cartels are bummed that they're going to lose an estimated 1.5 billion in revenue because Washington and Colorado have legalized marijuana. As far as marijuana being a "gateway" drug, that is , indeed, a possibility but it is by no means an inevitability! That's like saying milk is a gateway substance to coffee, or beer is a gateway substance to whiskey. As far as the relative effects go, I can remember telling my Mom, many moons ago, that if I had to choose between being locked in a room with a dozen people drunk on alcohol or a dozen people high on reefer, I'd take the people high on reefer every time! Nowadays, I no longer partake. I don't really remember when the transition happened because it wasn't some big, cathartic moment. I simplylost interest. I suppose that some would call that maturity. I don't know what I'd call it. Maybe it's just getting old.
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