I smoked marijuana for the first time when I was 15 years old. I did not like drinking alcohol at all, and was a 'black sheep' when my group of friends would get together - the only sober one. Then, someone offered me a joint. Wow! It was great! I enjoyed the high, and the complete absence of a hangover the next morning. I felt 'in control' of my actions, not wobbling around with slurred speech, contrary to the feeling I got when I tried alcohol. I was finally able to enjoy the parties and gatherings without feeling left out. I never moved on to stronger, dangerous drugs. I only smoked pot. Now I am over 50 years old. After getting married, I inherited a new set of friends. I left the 'pot' world behind, got a job, had children, and have been quite happy throughout the years. I haven't had any marijuana in decades, strictly because it is illegal, but I have truly missed it - just not enough to risk going to jail. Social gatherings still include alcohol, which I still do not like nor drink, and I still feel left out. My spouse is exactly the opposite of me, liking the alcohol, but not the pot. I have mentioned taking a vacation in Colorado. My spouse thinks I'm joking. I am not. I would most definitely buy pot at a legal retail store, and I wouldn't feel any different about it than anyone walking into a liquor store to buy booze. As far as I am concerned, marijuana should have never been illegal in the first place. Its effects are much safer than alcohol, at least for me, and its side effects are zero. No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose! Society was brainwashed decades ago into thinking that marijuana was as harmful as LSD, PCP, or heroin, when in fact it is not. That brainwashing fostered similar misconceptions that marijuana is akin to crack cocaine, ice, and meth. Marijuana is consumed in the same form as it grows from the ground. There is no processing (except for drying), no cooking, no added toxic chemicals, no distilling. I wonder if that is at the root of society's problem with pot. Smoking it was associated with 'hippies', of which proper, dignified society wanted no part (as they sipped their cocktails). How different it might have been many decades ago if someone had figured out a way to remove the THC and add it to a beverage. I think one high-society party back then where the drinks contained THC instead of alcohol would have prevented all these years of prohibition.
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