As a rather young empty nester (42) I finally feel like it's my turn to let my hair down a bit. While raising my kids I abstained from any intoxicants. However, I really believe that if I want to partake in a smoke in the privacy of my home (similar to a beer) I should have that right.
I don't believe it's a "Gateway" drug. I believe that the reason people believe that is that many unfortunately enter the same social circles (as heavier users) in their efforts to buy/use pot. I think that taking it out of the shadows might help solve this.
SO MY QUESTION: Does smoking weed make me a misfit? If in every other area of my life I am a productive member of society?
No it does not.
First off the law itself is a double standard.
Both alcohol and tobacco have been proven more harmfull then pot.
Yet pot is still illegal.
It is well know that pot was made illegal because the paper industry didn't want to spend money changing there ways by using hemp which was proven to be much more efficient and would save more trees.
Second of all smoking pot through a vaporizer will get rid of the negative physical components. (Carbon dioxide and tar)
Alot of successful, well educated people smoke it.
Like teachers,cops,doctors,surgens,nurses,lawyers and mental health workers, I even know a judge whos lawn I used to cut that smokes it.
So no worries your normal.