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    Does marijuana help you?

    Teacher Tokes

    I was introduced to smoking weed when I was 12 years old and have indulged for the past 36 years and counting. I have been a pretty consistent user, but always just a couple hits at the most. I probably smoke once or twice/ week if I'm lucky now. I was a mostly every day user in high school, took a couple years off in college when I met my 1st love who disapproved of it, and then have been more of a casual user in my adult years. It has always relieved anxieties and puts a different perspective on things. I have been a teacher since college, but I have never smoked before work .I have raised 3 kids and all 3 like to smoke. I never encouraged the behavior, and in fact, they didn't know I smoked until they had all ready experimented with it. I don't approve of the younger ones smoking until they are around 21. We have had many family discussions about how any drug can have negative impacts on you and to not rely on drugs as coping mechanisms. I encourage natural highs as much as possible! But you know sometimes that "natural high" involves a bong hit! I am so over the stigma attached to people smoking weed as "druggies" like we are bad people or something. I have done it all my life and I am a loving father and husband, have won teacher of the year in my county for my subject area twice, haven't called in sick in 26 years of teaching, am very respected in my community, and I also run another successful business.
    I guess the question is: Would I buy retail pot? Sure! In fact, I can't wait to fly to Colorado and buy some and smoke it legally there for simply symbolic purposes! Maybe it won't be that special because it's not "breaking the law"! Florida is way too conservative for medical pot much less recreational pot, but Hell, I am used to sneaking around and going in to my shed or some other place to do that "naughty" act like I am some bad person. Been doing it for 37 years so I am used to it. The bottom line is I try and preach to be naturally high through living a life of peace, love, and compassion. However, I still indulge in that wacky tobacky for it's anxiety relief, heightened awareness, I sleep better, the great ideas I come up with, and better sex! In fact I think I will make a trip to the shed right now!

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