- Posted December 29, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Does marijuana help you?
Pot using physicist
My point in sharing my personal experience and relationship with pot is to try and dispel a lot of the stereotypes out there. I've been using pot in moderation since college. I prefer it to alcohol, which I can't stand. I've never had any issues in my professional life, not when I used pot four times a week, and not when I used it once a month. I'm a successful professional with a Ph.D. In physics from an Ivy League school, and now teach math and physics at the college level. I know many colleagues who use pot recreationally, and not one of them meet the stereotype of the apathetic, unmotivated pot smoker. The war on marijuana is fueled by the typical moral panicking you see throughout history, and never jived with the reality of what I saw in everyday life. Anti pot literature always reminded me of the Soviet propaganda that would proclaim things were going great economically in Russia, but all around you could see signs of economic collapse. Reality and what you were being told didn't mesh.
As for those who supported the war of pot, and continue to support the drug war, I think they have a lot to be ashamed of. They should have known, from studying the history of alcohol prohibition, that the drug war would end in abject failure. The experiment had been tried once before, and failed spectacularly. As a scientist, I have no use for people who ignore data.