The walls are truly coming down on marijuana use and behind them the nation is seeing that not everyone who indulges in a joint or a marijuana-infused lollipop is a jobless, lazy pothead. Instead, business owners, teachers, stay-at-home moms, and those seeking relief from any number of physical ailments are coming forward and admitting, “I like marijuana and I’m normal.”
Recently, CNN covered some of their iReporters who admitted to smoking marijuana. One of them, who goes by the online moniker Robcat20, smokes in Ohio, where marijuana use is illegal. He says:
“I like weed, and I’m a good person. I am a successful businessman, a loving father, devoted husband, registered Republican, active in my community with charities, church and I give piano lessons in the evenings to children with disabilities.”
Support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high. With recreational marijuana dispensaries in Colorado raking in millions, even politicians otherwise opposed to the herb are having second thoughts. And amid all of this change, marijuana enthusiasts and casual smokers alike are getting braver with admitting their affinity for herb.
“I LOVE POT!” said one college student and security worker in an e-mail to CNN. “I like to smoke with a couple people after all my work is done and the day is over to unwind and relax. I recommend everyone does that…It definitely does not affect my grades. This semester I got straight As and I am also on the Dean’s List.”
“I am a high performing, innovative, overachiever who uses marijuana to relax after a hard day’s work,” said a computer engineer to CNN. “I have two college degrees and over a dozen patents in computer science. Like any habit, abuse leads to problems, but properly used in moderation I feel that marijuana is a boon to society.”
Here at DrugPossessionLaws.com, we reached out to our own readers to see why they indulge and how it’s affected their lives. We similarly found a wide-range of normal people who use marijuana for a variety of reasons, with your stereotypical potheads only (proudly) accounting for a small portion of the population.
Many members of the DrugPossessionLaws community smoke for medical reasons. Amber was able to get off prescription antidepressant drugs because she found marijuana to soothe her anxiety and depressive symptoms. She also finds it reduces the pain in her back from scoliosis and gives her energy when she needs it.
Steffiwillmcknight attributes her successful pregnancy, and much more, to the use of marijuana:
“As for my personal experiences smoking helped with my chronic back pain and depression. I would also be willing to attribute my son’s live birth to smoking. Prior to starting to smoke I had 15 miscarriages. I started smoking and my body began to be in less pain. My stress levels dropped and so did my cortisol levels. I was able to exercise, I started to eat better and lost 100 pounds.”
Several of our readers smoke because of digestive issues, saying marijuana doesn’t only calm their stomach pain, but allows them to eat when they would otherwise not have any appetite. Many link it to helping them with depression, anxiety, stress, and even suicidal thoughts.
Our readers weighing in on the thread range from 18 to “closer to 70 than 60”. They likely come from all walks of life. They are “normal”.
Whether you use marijuana for pain or for simple recreation, whether you are the CEO of a large company or a college student—marijuana use shouldn’t make you a criminal. Still, in all but two states, smoking pot could land you a fine or even jail time. As we move towards a country without pot prohibition, let’s work to ensure those who don’t smoke have an accurate picture of what a marijuana-loving American looks like—just like everybody else.