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    Posted January 4, 2014 by
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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    Changed your mind about marijuana?

    American pothead

    I am a 38-year-old male and I live in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has traditionally been a heavy drinking state. I have battled with alcoholism, depression, and anxiety for over 18 years. Marijuana for me is a blessing. I got into a lot of trouble when I drank (which was frequent) and it was destroying my life and my family. I went to my doctor and he prescribed me numerous medications, many of them did nothing or had very bad side effects. A friend of mine introduced me to marijuana when I went to visit him. I had told him about my depression problems and he told me that he had the perfect medicine with zero side effects other than being happy and maybe a bit hungry. He was right, after using marijuana for 4 years my life has improved 100%, I have not had one drop of alcohol since I started smoking and I have no desire to drink, all of my cravings are gone. I had lost my job a year ago and I decided to go back to school. In school while fellow students were stressing out about taking 12 credit semesters I was taking on 21 credit semesters, volunteering at my school and under absolutely no stress thanks to marijuana. I have also made the Dean’s list every semester. Was I high all the time? You might ask. NO. I only smoke at night after everyone is in bed. I do not leave my house after I smoke up and I strictly will not drive. In addition, on top of everything it saves me money. It was not improbable that when I went out drinking on the weekends I could easily spend $250 or more. I now spend about $50.00 a week purchasing marijuana.
    Because of our Governors opposition on pretty much anything that is for the benefit of our State, we do not currently have pending legalization of marijuana in Wisconsin. Despite the proof that it is much safer than drinking and the fact that the sale of marijuana would increase tax revenue greatly and provide many jobs. Governor Walker’s stance on marijuana is wrong and the question to legalize it will not be put to a vote if he is in charge.
    I would love to not have to commit a criminal offense for smoking some weed, staying home and doing schoolwork. I would be overjoyed at being able to legally use a substance that is grown naturally without harsh chemicals that takes the place of many dangerous medications. And I would be proud to live in a country where our Government could admit that they used scare tactics and lies to ban marijuana in the first place.
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