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    Does marijuana help you?

    An Illusion Long Overdue to be Corrected

    I am a 64 year old white man raised in a wealthy conservative Southern California town. I started smoking marijuana as a senior in high school and have continued doing so most of my life. I have raised one son and two daughters all three of which are healthy, happy and well adjusted. My life, though never conventional, has been successful and fulfilling to this day. I am thankful for the pleasant and peaceful times that my pot smoking has brought me and so thankful that I was never an alcoholic, drug addict, or tv addict as are so many in our country. When I ran my printing business I was much more comfortable when my press operators would smoke a joint at night rather than drink as the quality of my product depended upon their competence as well as their own safety. We never had an accident of any kind.
    I have never been arrested for driving while intoxicated nor have I ever injured anyone with my car nor threatened anyone with bodily harm. I went to college, supported myself largely through self employment as well as starting several businesses; all of this while enjoying recreational marijuana.
    I have boated, skied and golfed most of my life and to this day have never had a serious injury or accident despite my enjoyment of marijuana. I have smoked more and I have smoked less.... even to this day I smoke when I feel like it and don't when I do not fell like it or the situation does not call for it. I am not addicted nor habituated and am fully functional whether I do or do not smoke.
    It is my opinion that the drug laws and the citizens in prison for marijuana "crimes" and other victimless activities are probably amongst the most despicable, ignorant and depressing of all preventable situations in this country of ours. The crime that has risen from these laws is a dirge upon our society. These laws created by less than wise politicians and for less than honorable intent are a crime against humanity in my opinion. We have so many wasted lives in prison just to maintain an illusion and to provide private profit and employment that our politicians should be shamed to the grave.
    I have aspirin, ibuprofen, opiates left over from my kidney surgery and etc but rarely ever even look at them. We all have issues of stress on our bodies and minds and I have found marijuana to be far more safe and responsive to my needs than chemical drugs. This is not to say that it is a panacea or that we need not be mindful to our bodies, minds and spirits through clean living, good thoughts, clean air and good foods. Now foods, that is another issue. Why are we arrested for smoking or eating an organic herb while our foods are laced with chemicals and pesticides, growth hormones and the like just to provide more profit for chemical companies and large corporations to the demise of the small farmer and the individual who cares enough to pay attention to his own well being?
    I have recently seen my sons mother cure her melanoma with the oils of marijuana and other such examples are obviously very prevalent in our society today. Is it that possibly the drug companies and their lobby which has had a hand in this long term pointless and societal destructive prohibition?
    Ok, You get my point and I have other things to do other than lecturing from my soap box here in the mts of Oregon.
    Would I buy retail marijuana? Sure I will if the price is not exorbitant and the product is organic, safe, fresh and high quality. Should it be available to children? Of course not, children should use their time to grow their minds, learn to play musical instruments, to draw, to perform in both competitive and non competitive sports and learn to concentrate and problem solve with their maturing brains. But the same can be said with more passion and reason for them not to drink alcohol, eat unhealthy foods, live in abusive households or suffer from poverty etc. We need to educate our children and adults on how to make quality life decisions for themselves, not brand them criminal for engaging in a comparatively harmless diversion.
    Thanks for letting me get a teeny bit of a lifelong frustration with societies blindness and willful ignorance off my chest.
    joe mann

    ps I am not a pot smoking vegan fanatic either. I enjoy a beer with my dinner, an organic piece of beef, or an elk chop and a chocolate pie like most normal folk.

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