Originally Posted by philomom
There are lots of laws that serve purposes other than the protection of the general public. Like any other law, those laws are followed by some, and not by others. The marijuana laws, specifically, do not protect the general public.
Yes, like some laws protect the over-valuation of a controlled substance to keep the cash flowing in.
I know, being a general public myself, I don't see a dime of that protection.
Seriously though, I was raised by a daily-user of mj, and given that he was self-medicating for severe adhd, his addictive behaviour only made things a lot worse. I was severely emotionally abused.
I just wouldn't have friends I didn't trust. I would look at why they've included mj in their lives. If it was to cover up a serious issue, I would think carefully about how much time I spend with them if ever. For me, mental evasion is a far worse behaviour than a purely pleasure-seeking one, if it's as innocuous as smoking mj. That said, I have experience with healing chronic illness derived of inhaling second-hand smoke, so none of my immediate family spends any time with people while they are smoking anything.
I have friends I trust on mj, and others I wouldn't be anywhere near if they took it up. I have no concerns about people using mj for pain management. I have greater concerns about people taking certain pharmaceuticals.
I also couldn't care any less about the state's legislating against non-violent, non-coercive, non-interfering behaviours. They can go ahead and do it, but if I determine something is good for my life and it's "unlawful", I'll just make sure to not be caught. I have no tolerance for meddling.
As an aside, the smell of mj causes so much emotional pain for me that I have never and likely will never ingest it in any way. I'm a straight-edge, but not to be a "good girl". I just really love my brain and don't find slowing it down to be relaxing or enjoyable at all. At least until now; I might end up being a party-gramma.
I have five children; I might be ready to slow my brain down once they're grown.
ETA:Ha ha, CatsCradle, I just read your post. I guess there are at least a few of us who think the same thing.