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By: ricderr , 4:14 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
I remember back to my younger years of the early 70's and it seemed like everywhere you went people were smoking pot. I can remember halftime at the Warriors games the walkway to the second floor mezzanine would be jam packed with people all standing around smoking pot. To me at that time it seemed even though illegal it was commonplace. Then as the '70's came to a close the big trend was cocaine. We heard stories of the rich and famous having parties where the punch bowl was filled with the stuff. Clubs were packed with professionals and those trying to look professional and a trip to the bathroom would find a group of people huddled together, sniffing together as they got high before heading back to the bar and dance floor.
Then that changed and so did the climate as the "War on Drugs" kicked in. All of a sudden those same pot heads and snow sniffers became health conscious and people needed natural foods and exercise and we could not pollute the holy temple we called our bodies. Children were taught at school that anything and everything, including alcohol was a drug and must be avoided at all costs. I can remember when my oldest were elementary school age, complaining that their parents were druggies because the had an occasional beer. I especially remember Cassie one evening at a restaurant blurt to the whole dining area, "dad, alcohol is a drug." I wanted to crawl under the table from the disapproving looks received from other diners. I'm still not sure if their frownful gaze was due to my loud child or my one drink.
Fast forward to here and now where not only are their states that have legalized marijuana for medical use but now also have some gave permission for the leisure use of cannabis. I'm no longer a teen or young adult, but have aged into what my children call my older years. Even so I am still a dad to teenage and younger children and feel as the use of marijuana grows I am faced with a challenging decision. What do I tell my children when they ask me how I would react if they used pot? It's been 32 years since I last toked on a reefer and even though I joke with friends Colorado will be my new vacation destination, I have no desire to partake any longer. Also, I have been conditioned throughout the last 30 years to feel marijuana is a harmful drug even though I never bought into the argument that it was a "gateway" drug. Do I tell my children, ah it's no big deal, heck at your age I planted seeds in the history teachers planters at school and they were about twelve inches tall before he even knew what they were. Or do I explain if they ever thought they were going to drive, just let me smell pot on their clothes and the only driving they will be doing in pretending as they ride the bus. Or do I just resign myself to my rocking chair and lament that the world is passing me by as I become set in my ways during my older years? Who knows, but it leads to the QOD:
What is your opinion about the legalization of marijuana?
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