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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:46 PM
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Can I ask a question? Do most of your friends smoke pot?
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 04:47 PM by leftyladyfrommo
Most of mine do. And I'm 61. Course most of my friends are old hippies.

Just nobody talks about it much except to people they know are OK.

If just about everyone is smoking it then maybe every one should just come out of the closet and we could get it legalized.

Too simplistic? I guess.
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:46 PM
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1. yes...n/t
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:47 PM
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2. ALL of my friends do and most of my acquaintances.
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:47 PM
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3. Not anymore
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MrsMatt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:03 PM
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82. Mine either
I think it was more of a college thing - everyone I know now has kids, and pot-smoking just seems like such a silly indulgence that we've out-grown.

We also don't drink as much as we used to, too!
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Lebam in LA Donating Member (717 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:47 PM
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4. yes
what you said
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:48 PM
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5. no.. but a whole bunch of them might revisit the
sunny meadows were it to become allowed.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:48 PM
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6. I would say half the people I know do.
And they run a wide range of age, income, etc.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:49 PM
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11. Do Republicans smoke? Or is it just Democrats: n/t
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:51 PM
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16. There is no dividing line that I have found.
Young, old, rich, poor. Doesn't matter.
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hypocrisyandlies Donating Member (175 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:16 PM
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38. Actually
The majority of my friends that DO are Republican. Of course, that could be because I've just graduated from college in Wyoming and most of my friends just latched on to the ideologies of their parents without actually thinking about it themselves.
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pepperbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:39 PM
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50. There is this whole strange "subculture" (for lack of a better term)...
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 05:40 PM by pepperbear
...of conservative hippies who follow the dead, listen to all that liberal classic rock, love the beatles, get high, and vote republican. ann coulter herself is apparently a Deadhead, although I can't attest to her smoking pot.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:14 PM
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122. throwing stones was written about Cheney
another deadhead..
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demosincebirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:42 PM
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52. Skin heads do, for sure.
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:45 PM
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55. Someone once told me
Democrats smoke pot
Republicans are the ones that sell it
and Libertarians are republicans that smoke
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 05:49 PM
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108. Drug use is rampant in the rural South. nt
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:49 PM
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7. I refuse to answer on the grounds that
I forget.

But I still refuse to answer :hide:
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:49 PM
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8. No,
but a lot of my tenants do. I agree a straight vote for legalization would be likely to win.
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Cal Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:01 PM
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76. Totally o/t but
I'm curious. Do landlords tend to know if pot smoking is going on, and do they care? Not that you can speak for all landlords...

In my experience it isn't permanently stinky like cigs in a way that damages an apt/house, so I've wondered about that. Ya know, from when I was younger and..er...knew people in rentals who smoked pot ;)

:smoke:
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On the Road Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 01:32 PM
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88. I Know from What Tenants Leave Behind,
from reports from nieghbors and housemates (I have two places rented by the room), and from checking arrest records of prospective tenants. I am more worried about crack, meth, or dealing.

I am concerned about it if it leaves a tenant without enough money to pay the rent, if it bothers other tenants, or if it leads to police visting the house. (My girlfriend has a house that was raided by police and caused over a thousand dollars worth of damage. (That was apparently for dealing and storing a large amount of some type of drug in the basement.)

On one occasion, at the insistence of another tenant, I reluctantly czlled the police on a tenant who was lighting up in his room and he was arrested. I did not want to press charges and the matter was dropped.

This is a marginal neighborhood and pot is pretty common. I just want to avoid headaches and losing money. A lot of other landlords are more aggressive in pursing drug use.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:49 PM
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No, but let the rich kids with lawyers "come out the closet"
Regular people can't take that chance.
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:49 PM
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9. I don't know anyone who smokes pot...
except when I was in school. Half of us smoked some. Now that I'm all growed up I don't know anyone who does.

Disclaimer: My friends might be smoking pot and just not saying so. :smoke:
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:51 PM
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14. Your last sentence is probably right.
Nobody knows I smoke except my friends. Nobody.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:51 PM
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15. Maybe they do cocaine. I've have to admit that I have never even
seen cocaine. I just don't run in the right circles.

Maybe Democrats smoke pot and Republicans do cocaine.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:52 PM
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20. I've seen coke a few times, but never had a single grain up my nose.
I stopped at pot. Which according to the "experts" is impossible.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:54 PM
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24. Yea. I hate hard drugs. I do not like to be out of control n/t
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:49 PM
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10. About 50% smoke at least once a week
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 04:54 PM by tridim
and about 90% will smoke a few times a year.

Only one friend is a true pothead.
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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:49 PM
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12. No, some of them do.
But, most, no.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:50 PM
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13. Most of my friends do not smoke pot
but virtually all of them have smoked pot at one time or another.

I think everyone in my family either smokes pot or has smoked pot, with the exception of maybe my one aunt and her daughter.

My grandma NEEDS to smoke pot. :P
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iscooterliberally Donating Member (228 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:51 PM
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17. Most everyone that I know does. n/t
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:51 PM
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18. No. I don't think any of them do. Anymore. nt
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flakey_foont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:51 PM
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19. most but not all
but, then again, I am an old hippie as well.....
but my friends that do not smoke it are at least not opposed to anyone else smoking it (as long as you don't give it to their kids)
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:52 PM
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22. Their kids are probably all smoking it behind the barn anyway.
Parents are so clueless.
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flakey_foont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:06 PM
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32. they probably are
I actually thought, back when Carter was President, that we would see it legalized, within 10 years,,,

then came <sinister organ music>..........Reagan!!!
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:12 PM
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61. Reagan, the ultimate buzz-kill.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:21 PM
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123. ugh!
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randr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:52 PM
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21. All of my friends and most of my professional aquaintances
Including my doctors and lawyers. I also have many friends who have stopped or have never smoked. Not an issue where I live at all.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:53 PM
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23. 95%
But I run with a fast crowd.

Er...slow crowd, I guess I should say.

:smoke:
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:55 PM
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26. Don't you love that Cheech and Chong movie - Up In Smoke?
I laugh until I get sick. Probably would be even funnier if I were stoned.
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:54 PM
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25. Nope.
It's like the bars and smoking. The people there cannot believe that most people don't smoke. They look around and see their friends smoking and decide that everyone does.

For the record. I don't care if you do or don't, but it would be a gross error to assume that "everybody does it" because all the people you smoke with do.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:58 PM
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28. I gotta say that I miss smokey bars
where people can go and sit around and just talk about nothing for however long you want. Have a beer or two or a couple of glasses of wine. Ah!

Maybe I should open a speakeasy.
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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:10 PM
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33. I gotta say I don't.
I never went to bars when they were smokey. Now I go two or three nights a week. People sit around and just talk about nothing for however long they want. I have a drink or two and spend the night with friends. Ah!

I really don't mean to be snarky or anything, but I was reminded of the smokey bars thing because you brother was a bartender who didn't smoke. He tried for years to get investors to open smokeless bars. But the investors he ran into were patrons in the place where he worked. They all smoked. They couldn't begin to imagine that there were any people who didn't smoke. Really. When my brother would talk about the fact that most Americans don't smoke, they wouldn't believe it. They thought that at most only 5 or so percent of the public didn't smoke. When a few smokeless bars opened and the floods of non-smokers filled them, they still thought it was a wrong.

I just noticed that you had a whole thread full of pot smokers who agreed that everyone they know smoked. That's cool. But I doubt that anywhere near a majority does. Surely there are figures on this. I know a couple of guys who used to smoke it, but they don't now.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:57 PM
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27. many do
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:59 PM
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29. Nope.
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musiclawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 04:59 PM
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30. Like I've said many times
In 10 years few will be smoking. Most will be vaporizing and doing sublingual tinctures And to answer you question I know a lot of U-30s and virtually all enjoy bud. I know alot of U -50s, most enjoy bud. And we talk about it openly.
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:05 PM
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31. No- just a few do
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mikelgb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:11 PM
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34. present
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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:11 PM
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35. Most of my friends don't smoke anything at all
Never mind smoking pot.
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:12 PM
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36. No
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Saphire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:14 PM
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37. I'm 52...yes. Most of my friends do, as well as most of my middle aged co-workers.
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salguine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:18 PM
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39. Practically none of them.
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:19 PM
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40. Most of my friends, as well as most of my past employers
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 05:21 PM by Bluenorthwest
and mentors.

edited to add that almost none of them drink at all.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:22 PM
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41. None. You asked. n/t
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:24 PM
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42. The 1972 Presidential Commission on Marijuana found that 10 million smoke it daily. . .
Help me with some math.

If 10 million smoke it daily, let's figure 4 to a joint (or a blunt or whatever the terminology du jour might be -- I haven't smoked in decades). But at 4 to a smoke, that's 2.5 million joints a day. At 30 joints per ounce (??), that's 83,333 ounces a day, or approximately 5,200 pounds a day, or somewhere around 3 tons smoked every day. (Your math may vary depending on how fat your roll your own.) I suspect my numbers are conservative, and even at 1972 numbers the amount smoked was closer to 10,000 pounds a day. Every day. Almost 2,000 tons each year.

And that was in 1972.

So the next time you hear of a "massive marijuana bust," and drug warriors say they captured "700 pounds of the noxious weed," just remember: All they did was impact less than two hours of consumption (at a rate set some 40 years ago). It wouldn't surprise me if today's levels were double those of my youth.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:24 PM
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43. No...
...I only know of one who still smokes. He and I are both 61.
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mstinamotorcity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:25 PM
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44. Everyone I know or used to know
has glaucoma,cancer or some other ailment that qualifies them for me to write them a prescription on occasion.So i guess its legal. Oh it isn't in some states,oh shit I better stop practicing medicine in those states.Well since i am not a real doctor ...Fire it up :smoke: :smoke: :smoke:
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:25 PM
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45. many, not all. it should have been legalized 50 years ago.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:25 PM
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46. Some, not all.
A decent chuck do, though.
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asdjrocky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:26 PM
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47. Almost all of them.
We're working hard here in my hometown in Ca for our right to have dispensaries. I've been to a dozen planning commission meetings, city council meetings and we've even met with the mayor. We're about 60 to 90 days away from having our first 3 well regulated and legal dispensaries here in Stockton.

Been a lot of work, but worth it.

And yeah, I know more people that smoke pot, than I do people who don't.
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The Midway Rebel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:36 PM
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48. The great "subculture" of Marijuana in America
The US government has done immeasurable damage to itself by keeping this stuff illegal. The great marijuana subculture created by prohibiton undermines the governments legitimacy and worse, its credibility. It is the reason many think our government is a joke.

I pray one that one day we will wake the fuck up.
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postulater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:37 PM
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49. None, but I think it should be legalized. nt
I like it in a Shamrock Shake though.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:40 PM
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51. all used to but not too many do anymore
I'll be 62 here in 4 days and been smoking for 40 plus years.
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:43 PM
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53. I'd say about half the people I know do
the other half's drug of choice is alcohol. Most of the people I know do one or the other, but not in combination.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:44 PM
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54. yup......
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:47 PM
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56. no such thing around here as someone who just smokes pot
i no longer socialize with crack/prescription drug abusers and i know like one person who "only" smokes pot, an old hippie as you describe, and even she says she's quitting pot now

maybe it's different in california but around here you either use drugs or you don't use drugs, no one just smokes pot, the penalties wouldn't be worth the risk

i was talking this over w. some folks from california that i was hanging out with the other day, after some discussion, i established to my own satisfaction that none of them "just" smoked pot either, despite their claims of being "old hippies," there was presciption meds involved and two of them confessed that they "used" to use cocaine in the 80s

i have nothing aga. pot but nor do i believe that there's any large horde of people who use drugs who just use pot, it's contrary to logic and human nature
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druidity33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:51 PM
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71. never really tried anything else...
I'm into natural, so i've had shrooms a couple of times, but otherwise it's been just bud for me. I can affirm that's the case for my brother as well. Habitual use is very different from "experimentation", so i wouldn't lump someone who used coke in the '80s in with a crack-addict. I've never touched any pharmaceuticals (excepting legal prescriptions) and know quite a few people of the same mind.

Generalizations really do no one any good... and anecdotal evidence is a flimsy basis for judgement. If you want to hear what sensible people say about Marijuana usage, with data and studies, try http://blog.norml.org / , they have good resources, also maybe LEAP at http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php .

Cheers.

:shrug:


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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:44 PM
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97. since yr anecdotes are just as flimsy as my anecdotes i'm gonna trust my own lyin' eyes
rather than reading norml's website i'm going to have to go w. my own personal experience

whatever the case may be for you and yr brother, the case is, among people of my generation and in my circle (the OP asked abt my FRIENDS not abt what i may have read on norml's website) there is exactly one person who "only" uses pot and she is now quitting because it's just impractical

you don't "just" use pot and "only" know people who "just" use pot, at least not around here, if you're involved w. the drug culture, you're involved with the totality of the drug culture

i know more people who have died of drug overdoses than i know people who "only" use pot, the way the legal system is here, that's just almost got to be the way it is

when i used drugs, i certainly didn't just smoke pot, first of all, it does/did relatively little (i think we're all in agreement on that when we say something has no side effects that's usually because it has no large effects one way or another) so to justify the risk i was taking it only made sense to use something that had a more significant effect -- when i decided that i didn't like what drugs were doing to my body, it became more practical for my own safety and security to mostly avoid people who continued to use

sure, there are those like my ONE friend and like you and your brother who have only used pot, but i'm not going to believe that's a common type of individual, at some point, when we're dealing w. a subject where ALL sides are motivated to lie, we have to believe our own personal observations and go from there

do i believe everyone who uses pot smokes crack? no, but what i do believe, is that there are more people in MY area, that *i* know of personally, who BOTH smoke pot and crack than there are people who would only use pot -- this has almost got to be a regional thing, in many parts of the country, it's my understanding that crack is passe and the popular drug of choice might be meth or oxycotin



i'm no recovery expert please keep in mind -- the OP asked about our friends and what we had seen OURSELVES

that's what i've seen myself

it is not a conclusion that makes me happy or that i reached easily

i'm not against drugs being legalized or decriminalized, in fact, i'm in favor of it, but i'm also realistic about it, i don't think legalizing pot will get anyone off crack or any other drug, it won't, any more than wine being legal gets an alcholic off scotch, it doesn't work that way
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druidity33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 04:39 PM
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103. wow...
i'm 38 years old and that diatribe you just went off on is SO FAR REMOVED from everyone i have ever known and every drug experience i have ever had that i wonder a bit about generational differences here. I have known HUNDREDS of pot smokers but NEVER MET ANYONE who has smoked crack. I only know one person who has used heroin and one that uses coke. Neither of those people smoke weed. I know three people who are hooked on pharmaceuticals but refuse to admit it... one of them smokes weed occasionally but freaks out every time. That's just current anecdotalness from me, since you're counting that shit and all. There's lots more anecdotes from my past that i could elaborate on. Like the 5 years i spent sellin' in college... but whatever. Where do you live? Because it sounds like there are a lot of DRUGGIES around there. Upon further thought, i bet if you ask a bunch of crack users, 99% would say they smoke weed too...

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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 04:47 PM
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104. Sounds like she was friends with a bunch of crackheads.
Hence the strong preference of her friends for crack. :shrug:
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:47 PM
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57. No, but a few do. nt
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:07 PM
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58. Quite a few of my nursing co workers did from time to time
but not on the job. None was a heavy stoner and none had that time lag that heavy stoners get.

I've also known cutting edge researchers at MIT who smoked every day.

Losers who smoke grass are going to stay losers. High achievers who toke up are going to stay high achievers.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:08 PM
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59. I seem to be the only one who still does.
and it's no fun to smoke alone.
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Xenotime Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:11 PM
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60. Maybe. why?
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DailyGrind51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:12 PM
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62. Only when the water boils over!
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WeekendWarrior Donating Member (849 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:13 PM
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63. I don't know if they currently do, but
most of them have in the past. And my friends are a wide range of ages.
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:13 PM
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64. 1/3 do, 1/3 used to and quit, 1/3 don't...
1/3 do, 1/3 used to and quit for a million different reasons, and 1/3 don't, won't and never have....

The demographics amongst those who do, don't or quit are pretty evenly laid out along age and income levels. But that's my extended group of friends-- mileage may vary. :)
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:13 PM
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65. Yes. Most do.
Not all but most. And most of those that do not would except for ridiculous drug testing rules at their jobs.
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NeedleCast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:14 PM
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66. Halfish?
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TeeYiYi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:21 PM
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68. Yes. Most. And...
...those who had previously stopped are starting again.

My mom who is 76 and has MS asks me to bring her some every time I see her. I keep forgetting. I need to do better. (Making note to self to take her some this weekend.)

I have other friends who have been saying they would start again if they knew where to get some. I'm happy to (try to) help. These friends are 50-60 in age.

Everyone else has their own access to the local farmer's market.

TYY

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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:49 PM
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99. it sounds like yr friends want to make a drug dealer out of you
in which case i would question if they were my friends

yr mom who is 76 with MS, i make an exception for her asking you to take such a risk, but yr friends? what's their excuse? ugh, just ugh

at some point, our friends are not friends if they are asking us to risk prison for them because they're too lazy to get off their own hind legs...

make no mistake, when you purchase and transport drugs for someone else, you're no longer a casual user, you're a dealer
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:57 PM
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102. Maybe they want to buy a vowel? nt
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TeeYiYi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:52 PM
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126. Made me laugh... :D ...nt
TYY
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TeeYiYi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:49 PM
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125. i don't think that was my friend's intention...
...in this particular case, but you make a good point.

I have encountered the so-called "friend" who had the nerve to ask me to find 'something' for 'someone' as a favor. I'm not talking about pot either. Crazy! Needless to say, I cut all ties to that particular group of people. That's not friendship!

I will try to help my mom. She lives a life of pain and depression. She increasingly talks about suicide and recently started taking Prozac. She's going in for surgery tomorrow and I plan to spend at least a week with her post-op to help her with whatever.

Personally, my pot smoking is very recreational and few and far between. I don't even know (for sure) where to buy it, but I'll see what I can figure out for my mom. On the other hand, I drink too much lately.

My sister had a prescription for medical marijuana. It helped her immensely. She died of a brain tumor four years ago, on March 20... the first day of Spring. I miss her desperately.

Thank you for your concern, pitohui. I agree with your intent. If I find something for my mom, I'll save a bud to give to my friend who has numerous medical issues. I won't be selling; it will be a gift.

I wonder if my mom might qualify for medical marijuana?.. hmmmmmm......

TYY


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Saphire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:03 PM
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118. my cousin plans to start again when he retires. He hasn't smoked
since he had children to keep a great job. He's 55 now....only a few years to go!!
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TeeYiYi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:09 PM
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127. You make my point, perfectly...
My friends, who are in various stages of early retirement (thanks to this economy) are starting to consider smoking again.

The positive medical effects of marijuana are considerable and make more sense than antidepressants and/or alcohol. Not to mention prescription pain patches, pills, etc...

TYY
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MerryBlooms Donating Member (940 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:27 PM
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69. No
but legalize it. No question about it for me.

Out of my group of close (15) friends ages 45 - 67, only one does.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:28 PM
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70. I only know one or two people who do.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:53 PM
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72. Fewer and fewer of my friends smoke less and less every year.
Of course, the same goes for drinking, and especially for smoking tobacco.
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activa8tr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:54 PM
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73. I haven't seen any of that in 10 years!!!!!!!!!
And, yes, I am well over 50.

If you want to drop by with some tonight, I'll gladly join you in some 420 partying.

Would it help my sex life, too? I seem to remember good sex on pot.
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leftyladyfrommo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:45 PM
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78. Sex, pot and Leon Russell!
God, that was a good combination.
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blonndee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 06:54 PM
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74. Most of my friends? About half, I'd say. Maybe more.
At least that I know of. Could be others I don't "suspect." :)
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Shell Beau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:00 PM
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75. Most used to. Now that we are at the age where we have really
Edited on Wed Mar-24-10 07:02 PM by Shell Beau
young children, it is a thing of the past. Every now and then, they may light up (at a get together or something). I think they'd all be for legalizing it though.


I certainly don't want to encourage anyone to start smoking it, but I think it is the people who have no clue about it who are against it. It is basically harmless.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:03 PM
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77. about half for me..
but all the people I know who don't smoke for whatever their reasons are, don't have much of a problem with those who do smoke, and think it should be legalized.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:52 PM
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79. I have no idea. If they do, they don't tell me. nt
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tnlefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:54 PM
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80. No, but I wish they did...
and shared.
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Codeine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:56 PM
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81. I don't have a single friend that smokes pot.
A very few who used to but grew out of it, but none that touch it currently.

I think most of the people who work on my crew smoke it, probably at least 75% of them.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:27 PM
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83. Forty years ago, just about everybody I knew did. Today, I'm not aware if anyone I know does.
I swore off years ago, when I belatedly realized politics was serious stuff. But I still think it ought to be legal
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:32 PM
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84. Dude, that's like, two questions
Wait. What?
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proteus_lives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:32 PM
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85. One or two do.
But the majority? No, they don't.
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nickinSTL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:51 PM
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86. no - some of them used to
but I have no interest in hanging around people who do.

It isn't really any of my business, and I'm not in favor of the stupidity of the "drug war", but that doesn't mean I want to be exposed to it.
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Broken_Hero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 08:53 PM
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87. hmm, I'd say about 3/4
of them do, the other 1/4 are drinkers/combo of both.
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Dogtown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:03 PM
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89. 61 also.
Of those folks I know well enough to know, all do occasionally but don't actively seek it out. There are several home-gardeners in the group with enough surplus to supply everyone. Usage is pretty moderate, except for a couple who self-medicate.

Anyone I'd call 'friend' supports legalization of cannabis.
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:05 PM
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90. I don't know anyone who smokes pot
However, drinking and ciggies aren't all that uncommon
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:06 PM
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91. None that I know of.
Wouldn't care if they did, but I honestly think that none of my friends smoke pot. Some of us used to, years ago, but stopped.

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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:10 PM
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92. Yes. Since the mid 80s I've known more who do than those who do not.
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FatDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:26 PM
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93. If offered, but they don't go looking for it.
Or if they do, it's pretty infrequent. And they quit if they have a job that piss tests. I'm the same way. Though if it was legal? You bet I would. Probably nightly.
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shimmergal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:26 PM
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94. Probably not.
I missed out on it at the appropriate age. Tried it a couple of times later; couldn't inhale (so I believe Bill Clinton's claim) and I hated its burnt-green-beans smell. Maybe I'm missing something. If it were legalized -- which it should be -- I might give it another try, but in brownies.

Alas, since I'm on pain medication I've almost given up alcohol too. Occasionally I have half a glass of wine, but I really miss being able to relax with a couple of cocktails.

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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:28 PM
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95. No.
My husband's students smoke it and they never get anything done. They're always going on and on about the 'functional user'. He says he sees the 'user' but the 'functional' is pretty much missing. They sleep in class, don't work on assignments, stay up all night getting high then can't get up in the morning.

I'm not a fan.
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:28 PM
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96. every day
:smoke:
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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:47 PM
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98. I don't know anyone that does
Actually, the only place I ever hear it mentioned is DU.

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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:56 PM
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100. in the 80s w. piss testing the consequences of using became too great
in the 70s i would say that virtually everyone smoked pot, if only socially, to be polite, i'd rather a good glass of wine myself but to be polite, there was a lot of social pressure to smoke just to prove you weren't a narc or something

then came piss testing and suddenly it simply wasn't worth the cost just to be courteous--

normal average americans have or want to have jobs, even on DU i'd be surprised if there were THAT many "trust-afarians" who can take the risk of recreationally smoking pot

i remember when all this piss testing started, it seemed to go hand in hand w. the explosion of crack and cocaine use in my area (new orleans), pot doesn't really clear your system that quickly, whereas i'm sorry to say it but crack apparently does metabolize much more quickly, of course it causes a lot of other problems...in the early/middle 80s there was still a belief that you couldn't get addicted to cocaine, and maybe there is not a known metabolic pathway but it has become obvious that there's some kind of psychological grip that it gets on people...
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 02:56 PM
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101. Kind of hard to be my friend if you DON'T. So 100% do. nt
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krabigirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 04:48 PM
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105. honestly, I have no idea...
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 05:18 PM
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106. About half of them do, about half don't.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 05:47 PM
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107. Only one or two of my friends do-and one does so because she can't tolerate
her pain meds anymore. Prescription drugs can seriously screw a person up over the years. Most of my friends are too busy trying to make enough of a living to keep a roof over their heads to waste any time or money on drugs or alcohol.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 05:52 PM
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109. No. Out of all my friends only 3 smoke pot. n/t
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azmouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 05:52 PM
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110. I've never smoked it and I've never been offered pot from any of my friends.
I would have to assume they don't smoke pot but honestly I've never talked about it them.
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 05:53 PM
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111. No
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Bert Donating Member (445 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 05:56 PM
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112. Not sure how to reply
Historically most of my friends have smoked pot, at least occassionaly. After school, I of course was a bit more in the closet about it, but still most of my friends from work who I met after hours knew I did. When I went into the Air Force active duty for four years I stopped smoking. After that in college most of my friends either did or were cool with it, though there were a few people I was friendly with yet didn't advertise the fact that I would smoke weed.

I think part of it is that in some of the workplaces I have been you could get a random piss test so it was therefore not a good subject to talk about.
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thotzRthingz Donating Member (585 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 05:56 PM
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113. actually NONE of my close friends do drugs of any sort: other than OTC remedies, of a natural origin
Edited on Thu Mar-25-10 05:57 PM by thotzRthingz
but the fact that we do NOT do "drugs" in no way means we wish to IMPOSE BANS on such things... I am now, and have always been, for CHOICE!
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 06:00 PM
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114. Most used to... and most still do...
And some of us would love to... just waiting for the laws to change cuz we're chicken!

Nobody here but us chickens, chicken!

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Incitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 06:05 PM
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115. Very few of them smoke on a regular basis, a lot do every now and then. nt
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 06:10 PM
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116. Not any more.
Folks just forgot about it, it seems.

Frankly, when I see the carnage here and abroad resulting from the drug trade, I could not in good conscience partake in anything that supports the trade.

I don't want to feel responsible for Juarez.
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opiate69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 06:39 PM
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117. Having been a working rock musician for the last 20+ years.. I imagine you can guess :)
Although I personally quit smoking it right after high school..
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:07 PM
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119. Most of them have and some still do...
I quit myself, but I am still 100% in favor of legalization.
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Beringia Donating Member (193 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:07 PM
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120. many do
and they are not at the forefront of societal change, which are the people who are trying to legalize it. My point being, it is not socially acceptable yet.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:10 PM
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121. 50/50 these days
bunch of wine-y quitters :)
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 07:24 PM
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124. None of mine do.
Nothing against it, but none of mine do.
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SmileyRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:12 PM
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128. None of mine do -- but I could care less if they did.
there's absolutely no excuse why a WEED is illegal.
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devilgrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:14 PM
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129. Some, not all.
Which is just fine. :shrug:
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babydollhead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-10 08:25 PM
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130. all of them do
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