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    Posted January 10, 2014 by
    guelph, Ontario
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Changed your mind about marijuana?

    Social Acceptability Will Influence Retail Sales

    As a recreational pot user, I see some value in keeping my hobby a bit of a secret. By purchasing retail weed, I'd be putting myself out there, exposing myself to anyone who may happen to see me. In Ontario, recreational marijuana use is generally regarded as acceptable among young people. Regardless of their point in life, I have met few young people who actually hold negative views against people recreationally using marijuana.

    I'm not sure how my family may react to know I smoke pot, or my coworkers. It definitely may cause some issues in the professional world where many companies discriminate against marijuana users during the hiring process. Personally, I have been asked on 3 separate HR surveys after applying to jobs if I smoke marijuana and if I would be willing to submit to a urine sample test.

    I hope marijuana gains the same social acceptability as alcohol. Consume with caution. Don't drive, don't do it at work, be responsible. All of this said, I would probably one day cautiously buy retail pot.

    After all, it would be completely legal and I am a responsible adult. I would take the same caution as I do when purchasing rolling papers and pipes, bongs, etc. Although there is nothing wrong with purchasing these items, it is not something I would want the world to judge me for. For some reason, alcohol from a liquor or beer store is not a big deal. I often see coworkers. I hope we can be mature enough to leave pot as a free decision for those who are responsible.
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