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nteresting, tough question, about legalization.
i have a different take on drugs since developing a meditation practice. buddhism eschews them and i now think of drug usage primarily as a way to escape psychic/existential/emotional pain that should instead be felt and explored with curiosity.
(that said, i still have a glass of wine or beer some evenings, and in college and through my 20s i was an occasional pot smoker. tried coke 2-3 times but was frightened by how strong a pull it had and avoided it. i've always been curious about the psychedelics but afraid to lose control to that extent.)
i definitely agree with decriminalization, but then again, i think our entire criminal justice system is off-base, mistaking most crime as the problem instead of a symptom of deeper pain/dysfunction, but that's another post.
i'm not sure how i feel about legalizing though. i think the harder it is to get, the better. i think the way we raise kids and the socioeconomic ills we have in this society create so much pain to be numbed, that it's better not to have easy access to drugs.
and yet, if i weren't a mom, i'd probably still smoke pot from time to time. i liked it. heck, my vipassana meditation teacher admits to having kicked a serious pot addiction, and i'm almost certain he did psychedelics as well.
i will probably tell my kids, if they ask, about my experiences with drugs, with a warning to watch how drugs affect them and to be very careful if they are going to experiment.