- Posted December 27, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Does marijuana help you?
As part of the early Baby Boomers, I was in college in the 60s and pot was used by a large population of the student body. There was an unpopular war going on and cultural and social values were going through great change.
Like most everyone I knew and hung with, I smoked pot recreationally, also consumed alcohol and enjoyed many of the interpersonal and social changing norms. Those were great years where wonderful relationships and friendships (many that have endured for a half a century) were formed. We were probably the first generation that embraced weed in any mass way and put a face on the sport of getting high for the sake of being high...oh yeah, it was so we could be more creative and hear the music better, I almost forgot :)
Graduation brought a job/career, a wife and soon after a family...responsibility set in quickly. The ability to smoke weed and be productive was impossible (at least for me), the professional risk was too high, so my pot smoking days were over.
I had a successful career, became the President and CEO of an international corporation and in all honesty doubt seriously that would have happened had I remained a pot smoker through the years (again, I can and intend to speak only for my self).
The question posed 'Would you buy pot if it was available retail' is one based on the current situation and my answer is 'probably not'. And I say that because I don't perceive a good use for it today. Some years ago I gave up drinking alcoholic beverages (not because I had a drinking problem), but because I felt I'd be better off without it and haven't regretted that choice even once.
I am certainly not opposed to the legalization of marijuana and I'm very much in favor of the de-criminalization of it's use. Being a product of the 60s, I'm very much in the 'live and let live' camp. As long as reasonable and sensible laws about who can use it (i.e. like alcohol) and appropriate laws and penalties apply for the misuse or abuse, there's no reason it shouldn't be available for medical and/or recreational use.