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    Posted December 29, 2013 by
    Terre Haute, Indiana
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    Does marijuana help you?

    The decisions that we battle

    We are all faced with decisions on a daily basis with regard to politics and how they comply with our moral or ethical standard. One of which lately has been the increased discussion on the legalization of marijuana.

    I am, myself, an advocate for the legalization effort. I'm not saying its better than alcohol, less dangerous, or even that it isn't addictive because that is for someone to say that has the facts to back it up. Otherwise, I will just generate skepticism and opposition by people that have already formed their own predetermined position on the issue. All I can attest to is my own personal and social experiences with pot.

    I began to smoke pot when I was 16. I was active in sports, an honor student, and at 29 years old I can say that I feel like it made me no less capable in dealing with the challenges life threw at me. That is not to say I agree with underage and developing youths using pot but that it was available and I used without it adversely affecting my teenage years.

    I have used off and on for the past 13 years and I have never been in trouble for using marijuana. I prefer it to alcohol because it doesn't leave me in bad positions such as decreased inhibitions, poor judgment, feeling hung over the next day, etc. I maintain a highly technical job in a management position while attending school to finish a BA degree and raise/provide for a family of 3. I'm not saying it's without risks but, in a country where prescription drugs with far more adverse affects are prescribed and given out like skittles, I believe something as simple as smoking a plant would be a no brainer to be legal and available.

    There is far more to be said about this and I could go on forever but I believe I've made my position clear and the reasons behind it. Thanks for listening CNN!

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