Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pot Talk

I want to talk about marijuana today. 
I find it sort of fascinating - all the pros and cons for legalization.  Who'd of thought we'd see the day this happened??  Not me!

Where my opinion on the matter stands is that I could argue either side.  It is a tough issue.  I think people should be able to do what they want with their bodies and lives.  I also think that it makes you stupid and people ought not partake in such recreations.  Especially young people, yet those are the most enthusiastic proponents. 

Let's not ignore the solid life advice of Cher Horowicz. 
"It is one thing to spark up a doobie and get laced at parties, but it is quite another to be fried all day."
However, what I am dying to know is: when did we all become okay with smoking again?!
Please spare me the whole "you can eat it in a pot brownie, or turn it into lotion and absorb it through your skin" nonsense because I'm willing to bet that 90% of the consumption of the product is good ole' fashion smoking it. 
It is funny to me how much culture can change in such a short amount of time.  In the 70s-80s so many people were cigarette smokers!  In 2013 you can't smoke anywhere.  Even outside places.  I don't smoke anymore, but in college I was all about it (shame on me, I know).  What I learned is that almost all non-smokers HATE smokers.  I thought it was really unfair.  I formed an attitude of hating people who hate smokers, lol.  Yeah, it is terrible for you, and such a waste of money, and the smell is bad, but is that a reason to write off a person?  Nicotine is crazy addictive, as much so as some hard drugs, so the smoker you are hating on probably hates that they do it too, but they just can't help it. 

I am not sure if all the people coming out of the woodwork proclaiming their love for marijuana have been closet smokers all this time or what.  I find it funny that so many people are for it these days, yet you light up a cigarette in front of them and you get the stink eye. 

I am not trying to be pro-cigarette smoking at all, but I am just trying to understand why the anti-smoking cigarettes movement that is pretty universal doesn't seem to translate to all things you can smoke. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on the matter! 


Unknown said...

I think it goes back to a comment you made in the very beginning. People should be able to do what they want with their own bodies. I think smoking has been banned in so many places because people have become more educated about the harmful effects it has on OTHERS. This doesn't mean they are going to outlaw cigarettes though.

People aren't fighting for the right to smoke pot in a restaurant. They just want to be able to do it in the privacy of their own home and not be arrested for it.

I think common sense needs to lead more legislation. If you want to be an idiot and harm yourself, then go ahead, but once you want to cross the line and potentially harm others, there should be laws in place to prevent the rest of us from suffering the fate of those aforementioned idiots.

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Bekah Loves Blog said...

I'm a baptist goodie two shoes who has never smoked a thing in her personally i'm obviously not for it, but you presented quite the interesting argument with the cycle of the acceptance of smoking. i'd never considered that and now find it quite humorous (or maybe stupid, not sure...) some people i guess are just determined to smoke one way or another. their jacked up body and empty wallet...

Jen said...

First of all, marijuana smoke for whatever reason is way less offensive. Obviously it's still not good for your lungs but it smells sort of herbal instead of bleh! But the practical reason I think people don't mind so much is that no one is chain smoking marijuana. When was the last time you saw five people share a cigarette? Even if it was totally legal to smoke weed wherever you wanted it would be far less pervasive.

Laura at Simply Lowcountry said...

I am very against the legalization of marijuana. While I do feel as though we as citizens have freedom, I do not think that this includes recreational smoking of "pot".

I do however, I adore the clueless photo in your post.


Amanda said...

Personally, I have never smoked anything in my life, and I never will. BUT I have seen HUGE benefits from Marijuana, medically speaking. My Dad has suffered with MS for several years, and the medications he was on were destroying his digestive system. He started cooking the marijuana into butter and making cookies from it. So he was never high, and never smoked it, and he has made a complete turn around. It really has been a miracle drug for him. I agree, most people will be smoking it, and to each their own. But I really do hope they enforce the same rules with regular cigarettes. I have several friends that smoke, and it doesn't bug me one bit, as long as they are polite about it. I hate when smokers blow it in my face and crap. Totally rude.

Dara @ Not In Jersey said...

I don't understand why it can't be prescribed medically but not be legalized for everyone. people use vicodin for anxiety but it doesn't mean it should be available on the street, right?

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Anonymous said...

Allow me to preface this with the fact that I have never, ever used any illegal drugs (marijuana included) nor misused prescription drugs and I find smoking of anything to be pretty repulsive. I'm such a square nobody has even offered me drugs.

I am fairly convinced that people who think marijuana is harmless are simply being naive - which isn't to say that its active ingredients doesn't have some medical benefits - but the belief that those benefits are primarily available only through smoking marijuana is simply false. Medical marijuana has quite simply been just a Trojan horse for the legalization of marijuana across the board. Not to mention the fact that in state's with medical marijuana laws, if you go to the right doctor - you can get a prescription for marijuana for virtually any medical or psychological condition. It's a total joke. None of this is to say that I think the so-called war on drugs hasn't been monstrously ill-conceived and responsible for locking up non-violent offenders who weren't really harming anyone other than themselves in prison with murderers and rapists.

As for cigarette smoking, the problem, for me, is that it was usually concentrated and contained within one location and you couldn't escape it - such as bars or casinos. If you went into a bar for any period of time, you'd end up smelling like an ashtray and as someone with allergies I'd end up with a terrible headache. Also, girls who smoke - their mouths taste like ashtrays. However, I don't find the smell of tobacco smoke by itself to be terribly strong nor unpleasant. Marijuana on the other hand smells like you are smoking a giant, wet dog in serious need of a bath. I used to live in an apartment building where someone was smoking marijuana virtually everyday, the halls reeked of it - just coming home and smelling it would be enough to infuriate me. People should be more considerate of their neighbors especially if they are going to break the law.

Alyssa said...

As far as the smell goes, I think it's totally a matter of opinion. I'd much rather be around someone smoking weed than someone smoking a cigarette. I don't do either, to be clear, but if I had to choose one to be around, it would be marijuana, 10 times out of 10. I've lived in an apt where my neighbors smoked cigarettes all the time, and it permeated into my apartment. It's annoying, sure. But such is life when you live in an apartment, right? I say all that to say that saying something like "my neighbors do it and it stinks" is really arbitrary and unrelated to whether cigarettes and/or marijuana should be illegal.

As far as everything else, I think it should be legal because I don't think it does any more damage to you than smoking or drinking can do, and those are both legal. I don't think there's any difference between someone going home at the end of the workday and smoking a bowl and someone going home and having a few beers. Both are done in the privacy of one's own home, so I don't know why other people care so much. We tax cigarettes and alcohol, so why don't we tax marijuana the same way and be done with it?

Anonymous said...

I'm here from Treasure Tromp! Very interesting post.

I think, about the smoking, well, in terms of what smoke does to your lung health, it's not the same at all simply because of volume. The amount of smoke a regular cigarette smoker inhales is thousands of times the amount of smoke that a recreational marijuana smoker inhales; the increased risk of lung problems is negligible.

Also, I don't think anyone's saying that legalizing marijuana means you can smoke up wherever you want. Same as with cigarettes, I'm sure you're not allowed to light up inside a restaurant! (Or even near one, depending on your state.)

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