""It's a true wonder I breathe at all." Those were my first words sincerely written on the sixth month anniversary after tragically losing my joy/son. I felt that if I could write in my journal of my feelings, as I had always been able to do, then at the very least, I might be able to navigate better through grief. Those words shocked me, as if they didn't truly come from me or the old me
"The strangest place I ever smoked marijuana was in Xian, China. I was traveling with a group of doctors and spouses in a scientific exchange. It was 1985 and China was just opening up. A few children wore bright colored ribbons in their hair. It was a stark contrast to the drab blue and gray Mao suits. I opened a folded over plastic bag in my toiletry kit and found two roaches that I didn't know were there. My wife and I shared them on the balcony in the cool night air. Afterwards, we walked outside onto the crowded streets. We were used to being stared at as a curiousity but we felt everyone was looking at us, not just the security personnel. It was strange and glorious."
"Ok I am Juka ,a renowned gamer and stoner in my town of Stafford KS. I am about to tell you a story that I wrote when I was high . Now on to you: the Tale of the 3 Hobbits. We start our tale in a hole in a hill in a place called the Ladies' Hollow. A young hobbit by the name of Feffor pokes his head out of a thick pile of straw. Kicking blindly into the pile, he calls out, "Kilf, get your bloody ass up off the floor and tell me where we are?" A larger hobbit,s roused by his brother's foot, rolled over growling "Where are we this time, Fef I am not quite sure?" Kilf responded, "Feffor, last thing I remember we where grabbing a bite to eat at Galases's house to celebrate his great harvest." Galases, a stout hobbit, hobbles up the earthen stairs from a lower chamber. "Alas, the harvest was good, we had enough mushrooms for 9 people but I think that they all got put in the soup," quoth Galases "Oh dear god, gal, what have you done to us?" exclaimed Feffor. Galases slaps Feffor, "GET AHOLD OF YOURSELF, MAN we just ate too many mushrooms!" explained Galases. "
"I'm 72 years old and have been smoking pot since 1970, that's 46 years of just about daily smoking. During those years I've held management and executive positions with IBM, retiring after 30 years, and started (and ran for eight years) a recreational scuba diving business, training over 1,000 scuba divers. I have never, in all that time, had a single negative experience while high nor any trouble with the law or anyone else. While I drink alcohol occasionally, I much prefer the high that pot gives me. I stopped smoking about a year ago to quiet a persistant cough. I'm now a happy vaper."
"RJ, AND I LIVE IN SO CAL, 2 BLOCKS FROM THE BEACH.... NOT REALLY HERE TO WRITE A NOVEL, JUST TO SAY I'M GLAD I FOUND THIS SITE, AS I HAVE BEEN A "POTTIE" FOR 45 YRS. (I'M 58)....I ENJOY THE DIFFERENT FEELING THAT DIFFERENT STRANDS GIVE YOU....THX."
"Edibles! Learning from A Veteran Smoker. I had heard about edibles more when it became legal in Colorado. The learning about effects and potency was both dramatic and scary for a 65-year-old with a solid 34-year marriage. Over the course of driving 6 hours home, I started with a chocolate bar that looked like candy for sure. First square as I started. One more 30 minutes in and wonder "when I would feel the high." Well, the "munchies" led me to snarf the rest by the 5th hour! I had to pull off the highway before I got home and called my wife. I Initially said I was drunk but when she got to me I admitted to OD on edibles. Pissed beyond my gravest worry, she came to rescue me. The effects passed within another hour. I learned the hard way but managed to live thru it. An Old Owl can learn, especially if it's the "hard way"!"
"my name is rick im a 43 year pothead thats y i dont write with caps or punctuation lol im a huge pothead been to amsterdam 10 times jamaica too many times to count toronto denver montreal vancouver we travel alot to pot stops i own 2 businesses and i bake all day everyday now me and my wife of 43 years r going to jamaica on wed. we love it i smoke in front of my daughter who is a 23 yr old college student who dont smoke or drink she tells her friends in school that her dad has better stuff if she wanted to smoke lol now we r smoke shatter and butter yippy we love it well that my story of an old pothead puff pass"
"Joan here in Phoenix, Oregon. I have smoked every day since I was 18, now 66, I did not smoke when pregnant. It has never caused me any problems, I worked my entire life, married 26 years and brought up two very successful, happy children, now 30 and 31. As the author says, it just enhances normal experiences, I say makes everything more fun!! Now I really only smoke a little each evening, it does make dinner much better and helps me sleep for sure. I never thought I would see the day that it is entirely legal. Here in Oregon you can have an ounce on you at anytime, and up to 8 ounces in your home!! that blows my mind. I am encouraged that now that they can study it, there does not seem to be many adverse health issues. Well, just some thoughts here."
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"In 1974 I was serving in the military. I broke two bones in my lower back. They confiscated my records and claimed they lost my records so I cant get nothing from them but pills that only make me sick. I'm self employed and can't afford health care. I know this injury is killing me. Smoking weed helps me forget the pain and because I'm so miserable it helps me keep cool around people. This drug has literally saved my life so far. I hate feeling like a criminal just to tolerate something the VA promised to take care of. I hope that these posts help people realize there is a lot of good comes from this drug and we need to learn more. Thanks. --DW from GA"
"I have been a regular marijuana smoker for 46 years and I, most sincerely, attribute to it my sanity, my even-keel-ness, and even my motivation to research EVERYTHING controversial. I couldn't even imagine having not had this herb as an integral part of my life. I do have to say that the quality of pot that is around in this day and age is far superior to the quality of the pot that was available when I first started smoking it. I don't know whether it's my age, or the superiority of today's pot... But, when I first started smoking it, we would put a joint into the bowl of a bong, and I could inhale the entire thing in one inhale, without batting an eye. These days, I hack and cough like I'm getting ready to keel over, but my lungs are showing total clearness, in x-rays, so it's all good still. I do have to refute the argument that marijuana 'cures' cancer. My wife of 26 years, passed away from lung and liver cancer, two years ago, and we both smoked weed like chimneys. We were both cigarette smokers too, although she had quit smoking cigarettes 12 years prior to passing. However, the marijuana did indeed increase her appetite that the chemo therapy had diminished, during her last months.Thank you for starting this web page."
"I am 52 years old and about 12 years ago I was dx'd with a brain tumor, neuropathy and fibromyalgia and put on morphine to control the pain. I am a dog rescuer and the morphine messed with me badly - couldn't get out of bed and when I was out of bed I couldn't think or focus. I went back to the neurologist and tossed the bottle of morphine at him told him nope, won't be happening but you need to find me another way to deal with the pain. He put the bottle in his desk and told me to go find my local dealer and give marijuana a try for two weeks.
"I started smoking back in the mid sixties at 15. My older brother scored a joint while at my grandmother's funeral. My father was still alive then, a tough, uncaring guy who could only discipline me, physically and mentally. My mother was'nt much different. Just indifferent to me. My brother was the golden boy, my younger sister the brilliant student, and I the one who was expected to be troublesome. My father died shortly after my first time and since then I have taken in weed in many forms. Somehow I graduated high school, was accepted to a small art school and got a degree all the while using weed, hash (lots), acid and other assorted drugs. I could'nt afford coke, heroin didn't interest me.
"Good job, girl! I joined the 50 year club some time back and I won't ever stop. Have a nice day!"
"My wife has stage 4 cancer and i went to the doctors to get some xanax for my anxiety. i was told i could not smoke weed or i would lose the xanax. i think this is BS. the combination of weed and xanax helps me big time. separate they do not help- --tommyfnw"
"I am a 51 year old wife and mom. I smoked for the first time at 15 years old. I have smoked regularly ever since, everyday except for a few years when my kids were teenagers. I have been married for 33 years. I have raised two kind, smart, funny adults who are capable members of society and have both graduated from college and have good jobs. I managed our family business for over 25 years and then held two other corporate jobs for the past 12 years.
"My 1st time I got high was in August 1969. It was some excellent Mexican weed (Michoacan) when Mexican weed was still some of the best smoke. It's a shame that over the years, it's become what people call 'schwag' weed & is no longer that potent. It's a shame, too, as we were scoring '4-finger lids' (you old timers remember 'lids' I'm sure) of this stuff for $15. The Acapulco Gold was $20 a lid & that was top-grade sativa. It's ironic how back 40-45 yrs ago, the 'domestic' weed was garbage & nowadays it's the best. We wouldn't even consider anything 'domestic' back then, as it was mostly found growing near railroad tracks & had close to 0% THC.
"I'm 36 year old ICT Manager. I have a happy family. I've been smoking daily since1996 (I'll do the math for you: that's 19 years). I live in Belgium, next to the Netherlands, which comes in handy once in a while. It's officially illegal over here, but I never got in trouble with the law. Penalties are minimal anyway. I never smoke before or during work. My job is pretty hectic and mentally taxing : smoking 1 or 2 stickies in the evening helps me relax more quickly. I also like running and playing guitar for the same reasons. When I go on a weed-holiday for a week or longer I have no craving whatsoeve!. It's outrageous that this drug is criminalized in so many places."
"I feel like Catherine is my sister from another mother. I've been smoking since 1963! I will be 69 in 2015! I'm very lucky that 3 years ago I moved to Seattle! I no longer smoke via pipes or joints. I only use a Vap pipe! As someone said to me "WA has made it very easy for us"! There is no pot smell & your clothes don't smell. Vap is the way to go! We are getting Vap pipes with between 71 & 83% THC content! ... No harmful crap like cigarettes."
"I've lived here in Roswell NM my entire life. Yesterday I was out doing errands, I stopped by a friend's house to smoke a bowl. After I was buzzed, I thought I would go to Walgreens to get what I needed there. So I leave and drive up to the corner where the store was, and walk in. I noticed the store looked different, but went ahead and started looking for the Ensure I went to get. As I'm walking around, I'm thinking this doesn't look like Walgreens anymore. They changed everything around, and there was not a pharmacy, or any row with the product that I was looking for. I grabbed a couple of things that were only a dollar, thinking they sure had some cheap things in there. I asked the clerk if they had any Ensure, and he said no. So I leave the store and as I was walking out I looked up at the sign on the store. And that feeling of stupidity that most stoners feel at one time or another hit me! I was at the Dollar Tree! Needless to say, I just went home after that."
"What a wonderful website! Smoking has been a part of my life for for over 40 years now and has been a great pain reliever. I have mild to moderate joint pain in my hands, elbows and knees, and pot really does the job. Working construction for all these years and the cuts, bruises muscle strains and fractured ribs have all been pain surpressed by pot. I also hike/backpack, snow ski (use to, too expensive), play golf and work out with my grandson for baseball. Very active in the garden and in life in general. I love to smoke in the morning before heading out on a nice 10 mile hike! Life is good, God smiles on my family. Jlo...Pacifica,CA"
"I smoked pot in the 70's as a teen and then young adult. After that, I got serious about a career (that drug tested) and having a family. 30 years later, I'm smoking a little pot again as I try to maintain a relationship with a mother who is "difficult." It's a tough job and I'm determined to stick it out. I only have one Mom and she won't be with me forever. She hurts me and I know that she comes from a place of pain within herself. She will never be different but I do see her trying and I know that she experiences regret and wishes that she was different. She tries and I know that it's hard for her, too, to accept me as I am - so very different from her. Smoking a little bit of pot helps me chill out and relax a bit. Sometimes I just need to experience laughter, and pot helps me with that. Willa D, TX"
"Jack Remington. I'm seventy nine years old and have been a constant heavy cannabis user for nearly sixty years. I would like to challenge the DEA to gather twenty people at random my age that have never smoked weed and give us all extensive mental evaluations. If I'm not at the top I won't be far from it!"
"If not for herb, I would have checked out many, many years ago. It's kept the 1,000 yard stare at bay when nothing else would."
"San Francisco: I'm a musician, & one day some musician friends stopped in to yak & burn one, just before their show, which I sometimes accompanied. I had decided to clean & restring my guitar for that nite, in anticipation that I might get to sit in. I was just getting ready to put the new strings on, when my friends showed up. So we are passing the joint, me stringing my guitar, everything is groovy...super good stuff. My friends go to the club downstairs, & I plan on joining them shortly, after brushing my hair, splashing cold water on my face.. etc.
"In reality, THIS website right here is #1. I enjoy reading other people's stories and experiences, surely I will tell my own.
"Good Morning to all you Wake-and-Bakers across the world! So there was this one time, me and my friends got SOOOOO STONED...ah ha....hmm...ya, we laughed SO HARD! ...you'd just have had to be there! ...know what I mean? Puff Puff Pass! Susan B. Anderson, Waterford, PA"
"Hello, we will call me Roo, living in the land of Indiana. I am 56 and began my first days of living with and without weed when I was 11 and my older siblings insisted I try this weed. And yes for a long time I thought it was just a weed. By 13 I was a pro, by 18 I was almost never out, then reality came crashing in and and I had to work so I joined the military. So no weed for a long while, and no withdrawals either. I met and married my now husband in the military, and we are still married 36 years later and haven't killed each other over various life conditions surrounding weed or other reasons.
"1974 June. My neighbor and friend was getting married and we planned a bachelor party. I made a huge pan of pot brownies, used about an ounce, it was a really big pan! I brought them over to his apartment and we decorated it then went to get the keg of beer. His Apartment door entered his hallway and off to the right was his kitchen, then bathroom, bedroom and living room. We walked in to the distinct aroma of coffee, which was weird because we didn't make any before we left, walked into the kitchen to a fresh pot of coffee and a whole row of brownies was gone.
"Back in the late 60's and early 70's ; I was a "hippie." In Atlanta GA there was "the strip." Peach Tree St. from 10th to 14th was where the freaks hung out. Any thing you could ever want was there. Head shops lined both sides of the street. Also there were concerts in Piedmont Park. The summer of love was upon us. I'm proud to say I'm 61 now and can still remember parts of it. Catching a good buzz is as much fun now as it was then, even if my doc says I have a mild cognitive disorder. I think I'm doing really well. Probably should just quit seeing the doctor! Would stay longer but my pipe is calling my name. Peace"
"I just wanted to say I love how you explained why you smoke weed. I am 58 and have been smoking for about 40 years. I makes me a happier, nicer person and totally more creative in my stained glass windows and pretty much any craft I do. But how you said why you smoke is perfect!! We are doing it to make our lives better not to hide away in it. Very well said and I totally respect you and your attitude. I know I will still be smoking when I'm older for sure. It's my vice, never smoked cigarettes. Thanks for so real about who you are and all."
"Catching a little buzz always helps me relax, feel better, be more creative and sociable. If my employer would only agree and not do a random drug test where I would be fired for taking a little hit on my day off, things would be great."
"We lived in NJ for a few years back in the '80's and it was a glorious time. We "acquired" our weed from a really nice guy and spent weekends relaxing and enjoying life, eating lobster, hanging out with family. My son was a pre-teen then and at that time you cleaned your weed on an album cover. Years later when my son was grown up and had moved out on his own, he called me and said that his friends were cleaning their weed on an album cover and the flashback hit him. He never knew that was what we were doing and it made him laugh when the album cover actions brought back those memories. It was priceless and funny and we still laugh about that. Good times!!!"
"For the past 5 years, I have grown over 100 different marijuana strains. I have researched more than 1,200 marijuana strains. I and my partners' goal was to produce an organic plant without chemicals and pesticides, watered with mountain filtered water, capable of producing a hybrid CBD oil. Under State license in Colorado, at a premium climate grow site, semi arid, and high UVs from the sun at a mile high altitude, we utilized the soil from a goat and chicken farm over 80 years ago, and continued to amend the soil nutrients.
"Having Stoner as a family name can get interesting, to say the least! I was on one of my marathon grocery shopping trips. We live on the border of 3 states, so I often cross over and back many time in one marathon.My credit card got blocked at the last store for a security check, as I was using it from state to state. Of course with many people waiting in line behind me. I had to call the credit card company and give my security answers. I winked at the cashier and said "no laughing," as I said my security answer of a maiden name, "Stoner". I saw the cashier snicker, finished my call and finished my checkout. I teased and said, "I saw you laugh!" She laughed and said, "so is your mother's name MaryJane?" I answered, "no, but my mother is Mary, and my sister is Jane" I thought she was going to fall on the floor she was laughing so hard (so were some of the customers who had been waiting in line). When it dawned on me, I was laughing harder than them all. I can not believe that I, the real stoner, did not make that hysterical correlation before!"
"Hello. I just bought your book on Kindle. I will read this evening. I used to smoke about 34 years ago and so enjoyed it. Now at 73 I want to smoke it again for my knees which are killing me. Arthritis. Unfortunately it's not legal in CA so I'm stuck. I'm not moving to Colorado that's for sure. I admire you with your story and hope to someday write a post about my re-entering the wonderful world of pot. Enjoy. I will read your book and comment soon. Thank you."
"What cannabis means to me. This plant is GOD's gift to the world. It is a sacrament that will change the course of history for human kind. My non-prophet DO-Nation Project Global is using cannabis to build come-unity gardens, kithcens, and Green HAUS that will eventually feed and re-educate everyone on the planet. Please check out www.dnpg.org and lets all work two-gether to help others: to help themselves, two help others 2.?! 420ne Peace and Love sushinick. In the name of the budz, the leaves, the stems, and the seedz: May we smoke this bowl for inner peace.?! Ah-men."
"When I was in college at Oregon in Eugene my room mates and I would smoke almost every day and always had a home made water pipe of some design sitting around the apartment. If friends came over we would load the water pipe and enjoy some of the local weed that was always available around campus.
"WOWEE! I'm reading "JUST SAY YES". I'm from San Fran, Cal, but marooned in tulsa, ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can imagine the contrast. This book is a reaffirming lifesaver!!!"
"I remember when I moved to ky. my cuzzins ask if I wanted to "toast" I laughed so hard . I came from cincy , and my brother was in an mc , I had burnt for a couple years and they thought their cuz was a goody goody. I said yea lets do it . well I had been smoking cbo, Columbian, and they broke out some motian grown herb and let me tell you what , wow!!!
"I am 50, my wife is 53. We have been together for 15 years and have been smoking weed since day 1. We used weed to bridge some difficult times early in our relationship. We made a pact that any time we had an disagreement (argument) we would smoke a "peace pipe" and revisit the issue. 100% of the time it enabled us to empathize with the other and come away with a better understanding of their point of view. Today we don't need to smoke when we have those moments, the gap that used to be there in the midst of those flare ups just isn't so wide."
"I first tried smoking when I was a teenager. Prior to that I had tried several different kinds of drugs, pills, cocaine...etc. For the most part everything I tried I didn't much care for, but the first time I got high was truly nirvana. I was happy and relaxed and before that I had no idea what "relaxed" meant or felt like. I had a pretty traumatic childhood (who hasn't) and to have some relief was a miracle. Over the course of my life I lost all three of my children; with my first pregnancy I fell down a flight of cement stairs trying to get away from my father-in-law who was drunk, my second was my son who was 6 at the time, I I was driving when someone cut in front of me, then 10 yrs. later I lost my daughter to cancer when she was 18.
"Hi My name is Robert. I am a 66 year old white male, a Viet Nam Veteran 1970-1971. I also spent a year in Thailand 1968-1969 where I was introduced to marijuana. I have so many stories I could write a book called Robert MJ escapades. I have smoked MJ my entire life for a lot of the same reasons as you stated in the interview I just read with Catherine Hiller.
"I am of a similar vintage to Catherine Hiller. I was an uninspired, average student at the private, Catholic, convent school I attended.
"I am an animist, and cannabis is, to me, a sacred teaching plant. I believe that our Creator gave this herb to us so that we might become more wise and kind. Its illegal status is meant to keep us disconnected from nature and God. I'm 61 years old, and have been smoking since I was 16. I have a BA and two Masters degrees, two teaching certificates and many productive years. My three grown children are all capable, productive members of society and my husband and I have a strong marriage. I have never committed a crime. I drive the speed limit. I'm in excellent health. And yet, I still dream of the day when I will not be considered a criminal for smoking pot. I'm grateful to Ms Hiller for writing and publishing her memoir, and have hope that it will help to normalize cannabis. Best wishes to all, Lillian, Greenfield, MA"
"Will Dudley here, I live in southern Colorado and am an active 63 year old war vet. The first time I ever smoked pot was in Chicago. I was a 17 year old sailor stationed at Great Lakes, and on my way to Vietnam. I was with two other sailors, and didn't like the smell. I was sure we'd get caught, but we didn't. It took three joints to get high, and I liked it.
"When I was 18, I thought I smoked a lot of pot. I hung out with like-minded folks and even joined my local NORML chapter. I assumed that weed would be legal in a few years. I was astounded the time I heard the police had seized a guy's trumpet during a bust because it could "be used as a pipe."That was in 1988.
"Delighted to read your story in the NYT and find this blog. Been smoking since the 60's and will be older and grayer before it's finally legalized - but the day will come. You gotta believe!"
"England, 1971. I had my first smoke of an English joint, a long cardboard filtered affair with tobacco and weed mixed together. A mate asked me, in front of the whole group of 10 people, if I had smoked before? When he knew I hadn't he suggested I "take a huge hit and hold it down."This I did and instantly turned green. That's it for me I thought. I'll never smoke that again.
"I am a legal professional in Raleigh, North Carolina-- the state capitol. Ok, Ok, forget "legal professional" I am a lawyer in Raleigh, North Carolina. I have labored under the pain of being discovered as a "smoker" all of my legal career. Truly amazing that a book has been written about those who can use responsibly and turn out "just fine."
"I went to jail for growing it. I'm still growing it, anyway. I'm 51, fuck Obama. He has pardoned fewercannabis prisoners, has been silent on an issue many believed he would address. Instead,those of us who went to jail got to hear our lives as a pun on Jimmy Fallon.
"My name is Jack Remington. I am 79 years old and have been a heavy cannabis user for nearly 60 years. The govement says that marijuana damages the brain. I would like to challenge the DEA to pick 20 people my age at random that have never smoked weed and give us all extensive mental evaluations. If I'm not at the top I won't be far from it."
"You seem to present your purchasing of marijuana as a non-event. For over 50 years, most marijuana sales involve foreign drug cartels. purchasing marijuana all these years has supported organized crime in the US, underground marijuana producers who are criminals and drug cartels. The thousands upon thousands of deaths in Mexico alone at the hands of drug cartels should get you to put down your pot.The sale of marijuana is not harmless. Americans and Mexicans have had their communities decimated by drugs, their sales and by the people who BUY the drug.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/11/09/how-marijuana-legalization-will-affect-mexicos-cartels-in-charts/"
"Hi, I found your story on the NYC Times and loved it! Takes a lot of courage to openly write about this theme, which I feel everybody is very prejudiced about it. THANKS!
"I am a long-time smoker, having "toked up" since the Summer of 1969, at the age of 14. As the 1960s turned into the 1970s, the acceptance of marijuana use increased geometrically! By 1973,marijuana was everywhere, and even the cops (in New York) would ignore it in those days. There was a brief crackdown in the Summer of 1976, followed by a "panic" (drought), due to the seizure of the "Christmas Ship" a few months earlier. This was done because the Democratic Convention was coming to New York that year, and "God forbid" that some "virgin" delegate should actually see New Yorkers smoking herb!!!
"I have been smoking 45 years off and on. It so helps with the stress I have had the last ten years. But I have developed an irritated mouth and tongue...Has this happened to anyone else? I never smoked cigarettes and I am not a drinker. I need to refrain from smoking to heal my mouth."
"Deric in S. Minnesota. I'm now 67 and have been a smoker since I was 17 back in 65. The prices got so high I resorted to growing it myself. Not a dealer just enough for me to have a couple hits each day. I found you can get quality seeds from any of the internet sources usually in Spain or Amsterdam. Almost $10 per seed. Then if you grow it outside in the sun, well it ain't as good a Calif grown or good old Columbian Gold or Jamacian or Tie stick or Hawaiian, but it's passable."
"Deric in LA 1967. What a great time. We'd go up to Sunset Strip and people watch. You could just ask a local looking hippy and he would get a bag for you. Somebody panhandled some change from my friend. It wasn't long before a guy came up and identified himself as a Hell's Angel. Intimidated, my friend gave him a dollar. The Angel went into a store on the strip and bought a quart of milk and stole a bag of peanuts.. Now he came back over and changed to a more friendly type. We chatted and he told us we should go up and see the Haight before it changed too much. Never did that as I got my draft notice and had to go back home."
"I started toking the summer of 69, I been smoking daily ever since. Always had a job, raised a family, grandkids, good provider. makes the day more relaxing."
"Do you remember in the 60's the stories going round on the different things you could try to get high? My friend's parents were out for the evening so I did a sleepover. We didn't have any herb but we did have banana peelings. We popped a few in the oven and were waiting for them to dry. Well his parents came home. They looked in the oven and just shook their heads. And we all went to bed."
"Smoked every day for almost 17 years. When the supply went dry, that was it. No withdrawal, no nothing. Still miss it. Used to buy primo Colombian for $100.00 a quarter pound. It just eased the day. It wasn't about getting high, just relaxing after a long day of bureaucratic bs."
"I find it sad that so many of us are so timid about associating with erb. Most are not afraid of it but are afraid of what people will think of them. Like hey can't you stand up for yourself? If you don't think weed is a good thing then just say so but don't crawl under a rock in a cowardly way. Then some are actually afraid of mj. I have a couple friends who I know think they will loose control and go into a screaming fit. Deric in Minneapolis"
"I just wanted to let u know that although I smoke recreationally, I've had cancer and now many back problems that it helps with more than pain pills! Last week, I also lost more relatives at one time than ever before in my life..so cannabis also helps me so much with the depression. So while I've smoked for many, many years, it DOES HELP with all my medical problems much better ghan any pain pill or depression pill that are given to me by my doctor. I am getting older. I, like you, didn't smoke while I was pregnant or when I breastfed. I never smoke in front of kids or even my children who are in their 30's. Very few people even know that I smoke...only my husband and only 2 friends because they also smoke! Thank u for writing this book! I do hope Texas will legalize it soon cause it will do away with the drug cartels selling it and our state would get out of debt and actually make quite a bit of money!"
"I\'m 51 and in a profession of technical product sales to the government. When I was in high school and college I smoked my fair share. But really I was more of a drinker. When I smoked, I would get paranoid that people around my who where not high where judging me. But when I was in an isolated environment I would enjoy it. But once I graduated from college, drug testing was prominent. I have not been high since about 1985 or 86. I do remember about 20 years ago attending an outdoor Jackson Browne concert and could smell it in the air. I would like to smoke again. But in my chosen career field right now, I can't take that chance; because it is still a federally illegal thing. But I am a supporter of legalizing it! And for a variety of reasons ranging from political to economic. I look forward to when that day happens so that I can safely enjoy it again."
"I hate the way people think that smoking or personal growing is such a crime. I would never sell my 'babies', and I know how they were tended. Organic and loved. My name is John. I live in Jacksonville, FL. I have had throat cancer and arthritis. The throat cancer wasn't from cigarette smoking, but exposure to harmful paints and chemicals from the workplace. I am almost 60 years old and found that a very small amount every night helps me sleep... maybe until 3 am before pains begin again. Pot hasn't made me a 'dope'. I am a recent inventor. I have a patent filed on a product that may change the way we dispose of a VERY common household hazardous waste... perhaps even helping to save the environment for our children and their children. I will talk about it (the invention) openly, and my use of pot, when my product testing and results show what a difference an 'old pot smoker' can do for the world. If crime wasn't associated with the growing or dealing of pot I would have a different opinion of how pot should or shouldn't be sold on the streets. No gun should taint the use of such a wonderful helper as marijuana. That's why I grow for myself. That's why I don't buy from the streets. I live a quiet life and try to enjoy the times pain and the difficulty of trying to swallow are eased."
"My time with marijuana correlates to my indulgent nature with anything that made me feel good - if some good, more better! My love affair with pot began at the age of 13 and I could never get enough - I was totally transfixed by every aspect of lighting up: acquiring the money, orchestrating the buy, obtaining enough to hide stashes everywhere so as not to run out and yes, even enjoying some of the actual imbibing. Technically, I was addicted, BUT there was nothing I wasn't addicted to that made me feel that good - OK, nothing compared although I tried via food, sex, alcohol, other drugs, ad infinitum! I congratulate those with temperate dispositions as they can indulge where long ago, I have abused that privilege.
"It was the summer of 1968 and I was a soldier stationed in I Corp Vietnam doing intelligence work for the Army. One of the guys in my unit asked me if I ever tried grass. I told him no, and he asked me to come along with him if I wanted to see what it was like. We went from our hooches over to another area in a different group of Support Personnel and went in to see his connection, which was a black soldier.
"I have been getting high for over 32 years. It has not led to harder drugs, hell I have never even tried another drug. I regularly can dry out any time I want."
"Hi My name is Mark, I'm 60 years old living in Chatsworth Califoia. I started smoking bud at age thirteen and smoked everyday until one year ago. I finished high school and worked full time in the restaurant business during high school at night and weekends, never missed a day of work at age 18.
"I love cannabis. The euphoria, primarily, and other aspects including the ritual itself. I feel--based upon the results of my own experiences--that cannabis is almost wholly beneficial when used responsibly. I don't use marijuana anymore, but I am strongly in favor of the freedom to do anything that doesn't hurt anyone else. I think we need serious reconsideration in favor of this special plant--one I view as a gift from God--and other substances that are currently prohibited in many places, always to innocent individuals' detriment and often to society's as a whole. I am not a criminal, I am not an addict, and I choose to be accountable for my decisions, even to the point of violating my own country's laws if I think they're wrong. I'm glad to live in a time when steps are being taken toward medical use, decriminalization, and legalization. Jesse, Atlanta"
"Hi, I'm from Michigan. My trucker friends call me the Snowman. I have been driving a commercial vehicle for over 45 years, I'm retired now but still hold a CDL A/X.
"Hello, my name is kenny i am 69 years old and i have been smoking for over 60 years. i am also a runner i have run in 16 marathons and 36 half marathons. i have 9 children, 25 grandchildren, and 15 greatgrandchildren. i am married happily. my grandfather smoked for over 75 years and he lived to be over 100. running means the world to me and i allways take three puffs before i run it helps me to relax. nice talking to you. stay safe. kenny."
"So good to read this story. I live in a country with serious penalties for weed but I continue to toke daily, it's been almost continuous for nearly 30 years and after 10 I omitted cigarettes, my health is now better than ever. I'm 43. I am currently the vice principal of a private school and have always held good jobs.
"Many of the users that I have known refer to this beneficial herb with such names as: Lambs Bread, a biblical reference; also simply Herb, as if this herb holds more importance than all others with claims of making me smarter. The history of my use, now some 45 years, from age 11, and most every day, represents that kind of perspective. It was definitely a doorway to knowledge, and the seeking of it. Unlike some it seems, I found an unusual clarity in my surroundings and social behavior which gave me an unsurpassed awareness. This use did make it unquestionably clear for me to see our society's denial of atrocity against the earth and all living things.
"Some of us use marijuana as a creative partner. I read recently that Stevie Nicks uses marijuana to help her write songs. I do too. I stopped using pot for 30 years, but I suffered a brain injury from a car accident three years ago and I found that pot helped with the pain, depression and agitation.
"Great site here and I'm thankful for being able to talk about this issue...at least it's been an issue for me and I know it's been the same for so many others. I'm a 50 year old white male. I'm gainfully employed and I always have been. I don't have a criminal record. I have healthy relations with my family and many friends. I contribute to my community, I am educated and choose to do volunteer work with my some of my spare time. I also have smoked pot for most of my adult life on a regular basis.
"I am in my late 50s and have always been an amateur athlete -- swam in high school, took up running in my 20s and started competing in triathlons when they were new in the 1980s (when I was in my late 20s). I always enjoyed getting high before a run or a swim (not really before biking, except spin classes).
"I'm in Boston, I'm 80, and I'm a believer. I have been smoking infrequently for about forty-plus years. About three years ago, I passed out after a strong hit, and now have to be very careful. But it doesn't matter, because smoking taught me how to enjoy the slowed pace and the heightened awareness even when I wasn't stoned. It's easy to replicate that part once you've really felt it, and that's a lovely thing. I miss the giddiness and the laughter, but I love to be around people who are using.
"I'm in Califoia now but decades ago, when I first inhaled, I lived in Chicago. My (then) hubby was a law student, I had a nursing license that fed us and paid all our bills. We couldn't afford trouble and back then, you got in lots if you got caught inhaling Mother Nature's own.
"Ed - Northampton MA rnrnJust read your article in the NYT. Forget rolling, or a pipe. Get yourself a vaporizer. Far more economical and better for your lungs. Got one for my kid. "
"In 1970, I was 15 years old and it was my last year at sleepaway camp. I went to a camp in Becket, MA that was supposed to be for music and arts. In the first few days we were there, we rebelled against the structure and did as we pleased. Somewhere, we'd gotten some pot, and another camper and I took off across the road to smoke it.
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"DISCOVERED BY MY PARENTS! Time: late 80S. Summertime. Place: Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village. "Co-conspirator": Mark, good friend & sometime roommate.
"It was the summer of '74. I was just 17 and you know what I mean. Yes, I was all that. And It. Was. Glorious. I was taking summer classes at the U of CO Boulder, doing Shakespeare at their festival, living in a campus dorm, making friends and boyfriends, riding on the back of a motorcycle of one, and having the time of my life.