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    Does marijuana help you?

    Weed Kills!

    A lifelong pot smoker, I started up in the Catskills at 12 years old. I smoked every day, morning, noon, and night until the age of 42 when I finally got sober through Marijuana Anonymous. I was such a rabid smoker that I had to see it to pay for my habit. One thing led to another and I wound up a full time pot smoker and dealer. It was a great career working one hour a day for $10000 a month. I was a rock star, getting wined and dined in NYC's finest restaurants and clubs often getting tables ahead of celebrities cause I supplied the chef. I had famous clients, including NYPD detectives that would take care of me should something go wrong. When I got sober I began living life on my terms, not weed's. I became a comedian, and the weed became part of my act. I started a business in comedy and it exploded during the last 5 years of my sobriety. I have occasional relapses, and ny business suffers. I think of all the nights in my life I stayed home and smoked pot alone in lieu of friends. Whe needs friends when you have weed? The legalization of marijuana isw necessart only cause Americans should have the right to choose their poison. It's definitely a lesser eviul than alcohol, or prescription drugs. But for the new generation of FB'ers and Tweeters, who all ready have massive work ethic problems, this couldn't have come at a worst time. People do not understand the dangers of heavy marijuana smoking. The withdrawal is brutal, so brutal that most continue to smoke. To remedy this, the states that legalized it MUST use the tax dollars to set up free recovery centers specifically for marijuana. Heavy smokers will need an in patient treatment center to get sober, and will need to stay there for at least a week. Passing legislation without support for all the addicts is irresponsible. In fact it's cruel and unusual punishment to legalize weed like it's candy and not provide state sponsored treatment. You will see a new generation of unproductive reclusive potheads develop. The damage will be huge, and America will regret this. But, if alcohol is legal, weed, which is a far superior and natural drug must be too.

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