“I Like Marijuana and I’m a Normal Person”

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 smoke weed and I'm a good person“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.

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  • jenn martinez

    I suffer from stomach problems and acid reflex and the only cure I have found is weed. I have 3 children to take care of and to not smoke pot would be very unfortionate because I’d be in so much pain, I wouldn’t be able to focus on being a wonderful mother. Also, I suffer from major depressive disorder, PTSD, and borderline personality disorder. No legal drug on the market makes me feel as good as my weed. I honestly think that the only reason most government officials (who smoke pot themselves) don’t want it legalized is because they are scared of losing pharmaceutical gain. I’d rather take one medicine (marijuana) for 100 different problems than taking 100 drugs for one problem. Even so pot is illegal in my state, my use will never stop. New York needs to get with the program quickly.

    • http://www.drugpossessionlaws.com/forum/ Drug Possession Laws

      There might be progress in New York this year, although the medical marijuana will doesn’t look that great.
      Stay strong, and thanks for commenting!

  • Chantelle Colafella

    I’m a 27 year old woman and I smoke pot! I get called a stoner by my husband and thought poorly of by a lot of my family. I live in Australia I have a full time job, I have been to University, I have worked in the mines in extreme living conditions, I have travelled some parts of the world, I’m married, I have a mortgage and bills coming in, I do my job I get everything organised and still keep a nice house and have dinner on the table and clean clothes in the wardrobe. I no longer need to medicate myself everyday with pills to keep me from ending up in a loony bin. (Serious anxiety issues) I finish work I smoke weed and I can actually sleep! Sleep wow the best sleep! And every morning I get up and do it all over again! I now love myself and my life, without pot I am crazy, it’s true! But legal or not! How can anyone ban something that is natural, can help people really help them without pumping them full of synthetic drugs. I don’t drink alcohol, I eat healthy, I’m a fit active woman who can finally enjoy everyday not just the “good days”. I’m all for supporting the green and I think it’s quite ignorant of people to pass judgement when they have no knowledge of what they are judging. No one questions the medicine the doctor gives you but you will be completely against something you can grow yourself if front of your own eyes and know it not bad for you at all, you grew it it’s natural, healthy and has amazing benefits. And i got labeled crazy???

    • http://www.drugpossessionlaws.com/forum/ Drug Possession laws

      Thanks for sharing your story, Chantelle.

      We hear these stories ALL the time, and there is so much truth in it. Keep doing what you are doing! The world is learning that YOU are the one who’s got it figured out.