Originally Posted by Yosemite
Just had to offer my 2 cents. I'm almost 60 and have to say that after growing up with an alcoholic father, I would have much preferred he smoke a little MJ to drinking alcohol.
I honestly believe that if one has an addictive personality they may well go on to stronger drugs, but for the majority of pot smokers it never goes beyond a few recreational tokes. I would be far more comfortable around a group of folks smoking than a group of drinkers - perhaps that is coloured by my childhood and the violence I've seen among drinkers which I never experienced with pot smokers.
I too agree that if Marijuana were legalized and controlled it would not be a bad thing. Alcohol is worse in my mind. I've lived in a lower rent area of Toronto and watched the men take the welfare cheque to the beer/liquor store and then give their spouse a bit that was left over for groceries for the family. The alcoholic's priorities are right up there with the druggies IMO.
I also feel there is some over-reaction to this subject but then everyone is entitled to their opinion. I certainly do not agree that pot smokers are as bad as rapists and murderers and should rot in prison - that's a bit over the top IMO. I'd personally like to see the small-time MJ dealer not go to jail so we'd have room for the real baddies.
I totally agree with that!
again, my DH is a recovering alcoholic (sober since 1-21-06) and he was a violent drinker. I have seen him smoke pot in the past and all he would do is play video games, eat and sleep. he doesn't do either one, smoke or drink. IMO I think pot is the lesser of the two evils. I have seen night where he would spend well over $60-$80 at a bar to get drunk but him and a buddy would only spend $20 for weed and it last 2 weeks! (this was a LOOOONG time ago... again he doesn't do either one now). I have seen many families have to go w/o food, utilities, rent, clothes...etc due to alcohol... I know, I've been there.
I also believe that if it was legalized with limitations like only over 21yrs old, there would be less of a chance of it being laced with things like meth, cocaine and other things. It would be more commercialized... and controlled.
TBO I would rather one of my children smoke weed then drink... (rather them do neither but if I had a choice). When you're drunk, you're drunk! At least when you're high you can come down rather quickly.. I know from when I was a kid. We would all be sitting around high as kites and as soon as someone would knock on the door, we'd freak and scramble, it would "kill the buzz" so to speak...Let me express this again, this was over 13yrs ago! JMO