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    Posted December 28, 2013 by
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    Does marijuana help you?


    I am 59 years old, and I have smoked cannabis for over 40 years now, almost on a daily basis. I have maintained employment in a managerial position for most of my career in a highly technical environment. I have also used LSD, cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, and alcohol, but my experimentation with other drugs was not induced by cannabis. Pot was not a "gateway drug" and I don't think it influences people to try other drugs. It is my curiosity alone that led me to experimentation. I have been arrested twice for simple possession of marijuana. The first time, in 1973, the recommended sentencing was 2 years to life imprisonment, but the charge was reduced to disorderly conduct and I was fined $100.00 The second time I was fined $25.00. Both instances did require a night in jail, unpleasant at best. And the thought of facing prison time was terrifying.

    I learned the hard way that drug abuse can lead to other misfortune. Methamphetamine use led to a decline in self-responsibility and cost me a job, alcohol caused a lot of problems, and when I was young I learned that the psychedelic drugs we debilitating. "Tripping" was fun but didn't allow for much else, like driving, or carrying on a simple conversation.

    I don't do that anymore.

    However, I still use cannabis. I know that I am one of many who have, and still make a valuable contribution to our families, employers, and society in general.

    It shouldn't be a crime for a consenting adult to purchase, possess, or use cannabis.

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