As my travels and dealings in natural parenting circles have become more indepth and varied...I'm astounded (the good kind) by the number of people who are recreational smokers....doctors, lawyers, artists, chefs, SAHMs, SAHDs....and since noticing that...I see it everywhere in my life...not even confined to those who prescribe to a "natural" lifestyle. I mean, really "normal" people, with nice homes and great lawns...good marriages, who go to tupperware parties and are memebers of the PTA, really active in local going-ons and you know, who like, wear makeup and shave their armpits! I really have come to see, that a LOT of people smoke!
I think if every smoker in the States, stood up all at once and said "Enough with this" it would be ridiculous to continue to pretend that MJ is some scary, underworld, shadowy danger that needs to be squashed out. Some of the best, brightest and most capable parents I know...are out on their decks, "unwinding" after their kids go to bed...and I was SHOCKED to discover this! I don't know why...but I was.
So...yeah. I don't know many people PERIOD who truly believe it should be illegal..and I'm up in conservative NH! What kills me, is the number of lives I've seen destroyed, bodies wrecked, homes split apart...by excessive alcohol use. Now...I've also, in my youth, known a kid or two who had REALLY checked out parents and I sometimes wonder if they weren't gigantic potheads...so, you know, anything in excessive amounts I think can make you a crummy parent....but alcohol, it's SOOO bad. I can remember being on college campuses and seeing all these kids, SUPER pumped on alcohol, fighting, vandelizing, getting rough with their girlfriends...I wonder now, if those kids had been relaxing, smoking MJ, would it have been like that? The fact is, most people I know who partake, are not excessive users...they are people who smoke when they hike and fish...or in the evenings after small people are tucked in...or whenever else. I haven't known anyone, since I was much younger, who NEEDED to smoke to function...it just blows me away that something so potent, which KILLS so many people a year, as alcohol, would be so easy to legally get your hands on....and something like pot, which I consider to be, comparably, not anywhere near as dangerous, could be illegal?? I mean, that, and the MEDICINAL uses for MJ....man, how CRAZY that something which is proven to be helpful to sick people, dying people, women with horrible sickness due to pregnancy, etc could be called "bad" and made illegal?
But I guess when the [sarcasm]Good Ole Gov't of the USA[/sarcasm] gets around to figuring out the tax code for MJ and thinks up some really awesome regulations, permit fees, etc....people can puff in peace.