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    Does marijuana help you?

    I'm not just blowing smoke

    I work hard. When I worked in retail, I went to work and did my job, was friendly, polite, and professional. I would volunteer for as many hours overtime as became available. I was always sober at work. It was about respect.

    I saw the people coming into the store with tattoos on their faces, sunglasses on in the middle of the night, reeking of marijuana, and telling me that they were just on their way to work. I had no respect for those people, and unfortunately, those are the people who most others think of when they hear words like 'pothead' or 'stoner' and while they are one kind of smoker, they do not embody the essence of every single person on earth who smokes. Some people smoke like others drink, once in a while with friends. Others stay up in the clouds all day long. And a good majority are like myself, hard workers who use it for many reasons such as to unwind, to calm down quickly, to help out with menstrual cramps, to make life a little less boring at home even when you've got no internet, no cable, no smartphone, and the same ten books you've had since you were thirteen.

    The reality is that most of the people you bump shoulders with today either secretly smoke, or secretly wish that they could smoke. As of late, I have fallen into the secretly wish I could smoke category because I have a job that demands drug screenings, and even though I would not do it at work, I can't do it at all due to the policy of my work and my country.

    For my aches and pains now, I take Aleve and wait the forty minutes for it to kick in. For my stress I damage my liver a little bit at a time with some bourbon or rum. For my boredom, I sit quietly and stare at the walls wondering 'what if?'. Someday I hope my children will have the answer to that question.

    What if the government saw marijuana users for who they are and not one thing that they do? What if a woman who is in pain could go to her local gas station and order a pack of joints for her pains that week? What if the world finally realized that yes, most of us will use it for recreation, and most of us will take advantage, but we could get it easier, safer, and cheaper if it were legal. What if one day, the smokers of the country didn't have to worry if their marijuana was laced with something far more dangerous by the back alley crack addict from whom they just purchased it, and could instead rest easy knowing that the government and our nations people have finally come to realize that to keep us safe is not to ban it, but instead to legalize it.

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