August 10, 2010 10:09 AM Subscribe
Arguments Against Marijuana. Why not smoke pot?
posted by Flood to Grab Bag (53 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I am a pot smoker. I am pro-legalization. Mid-40s in age.
My nephew is 22 and discovered smoking pot about 2 years ago. During that time, he has failed out of a college program. He seems to change direction in his life every 3 months. And, he has become a cheer-leader for pot - believing he should enthusiastically encourage others to smoke it too, in some cases encouraging his cousins in middle school to start smoking pot.
I don't want to be a hypocrit, but I also want to find a sensible approach. I feel strongly that is terribly terribly wrong to encourage a 7th grade to try smoking pot. But why? - after all, I smoke it myself.
I also feel like it is a drug - not something to proud of, or something to wear like a badge of courage. But, what is wrong with being an enthusiatic cheer-leader for smoking pot? Should I care if my nephew is a crazy pro-pot cheer-leader.
He keeps saying it is not addictive - and I know it is not physically addictive, but come on - it forms one hell of a habit. I can point to damage in my own life caused by my pot smoking, though nothing as bad as dropping out of school. (Of course, he swears that pot had nothing to do with failing out of school, he says he just wasnt interested in school anymore).
Can I as a smoker encourage a more reasonable approach to the drug in my nephew? Or, is anything I say hypocritical?
Bonus question: why did American farmers stop growing hemp? If hemp is such a wonder plant, then why did hemp farming die out. Marijuana became illegal in 1930s, but hemp farming had largely ended before that - if hemp is such a wonder plant, then what happened to the farming?