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    Does marijuana help you?

    Why pot?

    I have been a recreational pot smoker since i was 18 and now I'm almost 50! At first, it was the cool thing in high school, then i realized as i grew older that it was doing more for me than all the depression meds i had been taking....with less to no side effects. When you take multiple depression meds or meds for anxiety, combined, the side effects multiply. I'm sure i inherited my depression/bi-polar condition from my mom, who had been strugling with her depression condition for many years.If it wasnt for the love and loyalty provided by her partner, my dad, she would have been dead by now. Her multiple suicide attempts, overdoses of meds or slicing of the wrists would have most likely been her fate. Because i didnt have the support of my partner, i needed something else to take its place.I discovered if i smoked pot AND took the one med, life was better for not only me but for my kids and my partner. I grew up in a great household with 2 great parents (that are still together) so you cant use the "she came from a bad childhood" excuse, that often is used as "justification" Dont get me wrong, I dont think pot is the answer for all or a wonder drug for all who use it, I'm just saying it works for me and helps me lead a productive life. I smoked after work and on weekends, never before work. I have a very detailed oriented line of business and have won many awards for excellence during my over 30 years in the business, so i cant use the " i cant work due to my condtion excuse" either. I just think its about time we remove the stigma that is associated with pot smokers and re-define the image of one. There are many people i know and work with, people of different sexes, age and ethnicity who all smoke pot for 1 reason or another and have to go through hell to get pot. If retail pot was available, i dont think people in general wouldnt be so angry. Shooting up schools and theatre's looking to take out their anger on innocent people. This country should stop worrying about gun control and start thinking outside the box. Try to curb the anger people have inside from years of hope gone bad, tragedy or circumstances beyond their control. To get a medical marijuana card, it takes money and patience, most time people who need pot dont really have either. That is why if it is available to anyone, it will help more people, help remove the "idea" of the kind of people that are using the stuff. Lets face it, we as responsible pot users, havent tried to do much to change the way that society feels about pot. By responsible pot user, i mean this: No driving or operating dangerous equiptment for 2hrs after smoking....just in case you have an allergic issue or other health issues like seizures etc. Responsible also means not smoking in front of people under the age of 18. My 2 kids didnt know i smoked pot till after they both turned 18, thats how well, i hid it from them. My kids probably wouldnt have gotten through their childhood as unscarred as they did while i was smoking pot. It definitely gave me the patience i didnt have at age 19 when i had my 1st child. My kids never had a problem with law enforcement, school issues, and social issues. They are hooked on pot or any other drug for that matter. I didnt want to look for a 'BETTER" high with other more potent drugs like meth, and coke and crack, like you hear time and time again, "eventually they will graduate to a bigger, better high" not always true. Basically there are just as many good reasons as bad reason to make pot legal. We as a society cant even get politicians to agree on important government issues nevermind trying to get people on the same page regarding the pot issue. Voters in many states have passed laws okaying medical marjuana and some of those states STILL dont have a working medical marijuana program!

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