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    Does marijuana help you?

    Living proof of how wrong "moralists" are

    Growing up in the 80's, I had Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No" policy pounded into my head from an early age, and it worked. I never did any drugs, including marijuana. In my mind, pot was just as addictive and harmful as crack. I had that fundamentalist "all or nothing" point of view; sin was sin and drugs were drugs, period.

    Even in college, I stayed away from weed. My college boyfriend used to smoke it which angered and disappointed me. I would even flush his stash down the toilet if I found it in the house.

    At some point in college I tried it, laughed a bit, and got over my irrational fear of it, but I still rarely smoked. I started smoking regularly in my mid 20's, rather late for a pot smoker, but I was going through a rough time and my usual drug of choice, alcohol, was taking a toll on me. Pot simply didn't make me feel horrible like drinking did.

    For most of my 20's, when I wasn't smoking pot, I floated from one job to another and just coasted through life. I quit school and didn't have any real focus. When I finally started living the life I actually wanted, I'd been smoking pot for several years.

    Since then I've explored many parts of myself I was always too afraid to and achieved many goals I'm proud of. I became an actor, a drummer and a video editor, teaching myself all I needed to know or taking the initiative to get training. Not only that, but I was very good at these things. Today, I'm a professional video editor and I've gone back to school, where I'm passing all my courses with flying colors. I've enjoyed more success and I have more stability than at any time in my life.

    I'm not saying this has all been possible BECAUSE I smoke pot. I'm saying that smoking pot has not stopped me from being successful at everything I want to do. You can't remember your lines, play a tight beat or learn the ins and outs of complex computer programs if you're simply a burnout.

    It also hasn't led me to any other drug use, nor am I interested in any other drug. I just like how pot relaxes me and turns on a part of my mind that is usually more subconscious. Drinking is way worse than smoking pot. In fact, pot is a great cure for hangovers (THC = Total Hangover Cure). Over the years I've gotten more into physical fitness and I'm in the best shape I've ever been. I'm getting more into vaporizing weed so I don't have to inhale any smoke.

    All the arguments against legalizing pot are based on faulty assumptions that have crept into the public consciousness after years of misinformation and propaganda. If the things anti-pot activists said were true, I should have spent the last 15 years of my life as a burnt-out, out-of-shape slacker. Instead I am living proof that pot isn't necessarily harmful to anyone, certainly not any more harmful than alcohol, sugar, and many legal prescription drugs. There's absolutely no rational reason why pot should be illegal anywhere in this country.

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