Originally Posted by Ks Mama
Bizzare assertions coming from otherwise educated & natural & grounded MOTHERS, whose parenting advice is often quite wise: "Yes, its illegal, but who cares".
I make my choices based on what I believe is right
, not on what the law says. I always have. Laws put in place to protect me from myself make the assumption that a lawmaker who was trying to control the hemp industry many decades ago is better placed to make my life decisions than I am. I disagree. Laws put in place to protect people from each other
(speeding, assault, rape, etc.) are the ones I pay attention to.
|"It's perfectly fine to treat depression and other psychological troubles with drugs" (I read that its not okay to treat depression & other ailments with prescribed meds, but self-medicating with pot is fine, apaprently).
Pot worked better for me in my teens than prescribed meds did when I was 30 (the meds did work, but not as well as the pot). Again...I don't assume that a doctor is able to figure out what is working for me better than I am. I
know what's going on in my body. They don't.
|At the same time, my position that the choice to injest or smoke poisons in an effort to change your state of mind, "fix" problems, just get high/experiment, isn't the right path has been shot down. This IS MDC right? I'm sorry, that is just NOT an okay way to live life, and I wouldn't want it for my children.
See, I've always thought getting to the ROOT of a problem, instead of drugging it, is the best way of dealing with problems. I teach my children through example that if they have a problem, to talk about it, to work together to come to a solution. I teach them to treat their bodies well, not to injest harmful substances.
Holier than thou much?
My mother taught me all those things, too. For example, we ate a healthier diet than anybody else I knew (virtually no processed food, homegrown veggies, fruit from our own trees, etc.). However, someone in the grip of a profound depression, including hourly thoughts of suicide, isn't able to rationally process those lessons. The "root" of my problem was that I didn't think like most other people, I was being bullied, and I had a "severe maladjustment to my peer group" (in the words of the one shrink my mom dragged me off to). I also had (have) profound trust issues with authority figures (not parents - institutional authority, such as doctors, teachers, social workers, police officers, etc.), based on my own experiences with people in those positions. Talking out my issues with those people was not going to happen. I was afraid if my mom knew just how bad it was, she'd require me to deal with such people, so I reluctantly avoided talking to her, too.
|Personally, I do not think ingesting any chemicals with an effort to get high or mask problems, herbal or pharmaceutical or otherwise, is the right path). Masking the symptoms of ailments instead of confronting them, THAT is a bigger problem in this society than the illegality of pot.
I agree completely. However, I also don't see any way to force other people to look after themselves properly. I'm not big on making laws prohibiting people from behaving in ways that I consider unhealthy - their bodies, their choice. "Confronting" mental illness is also far from a straightforward process.
I personally wouldn't ever touch pot again. I'm still glad it was there to keep me alive during my teens...even if my teachers and people like you would have rather watched me drop dead than do something they didn't approve of.