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Do You Smoke Marijuana? 36% Of You Do, Stop Frontin’


A Gallup poll has found that since 1999 the number of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who have tried marijuana has decreased 10% (hot new Millennial trend!). In fact, since 1985 that number has seen significant decrease each decade. However among adults 30-65 years old the number has increased. Interesting!

Smoking weed is a hot topic. The legality of it is controversial but many still have a moral issue with it as well. I have a pro-weed personal bias, not because I am a pot head, but because my parents sort of are. They were very open about the fact that they sometimes smoked weed, never did it around my brother and me, they discussed its legality and they informed us of its health effects. My parents never encouraged us to do so either, like many things they just gave us information and insisted that it would eventually become a personal choice when we were older. 

As far as the legality goes, I think as society who is going to impose laws about “state altering” substances needs to make up its mind. Either all drugs are bad or no drugs are bad. Why are alcohol and cigarettes legal when they are incredibly harmful substances, more so than weed, which scarcely destroys people’s lives and poses health risks the way those substances do. I am not saying weed is good for you, I am saying it’s no worse than the substances that are legal. I would, personally, dissuade young people whose minds are still developing from using mind altering substances. However, all this legal arbitrariness points to the corporatization of certain substances that have become profitable businesses for the United States versus ones that have not.

Marijuana is on its way to being corporatized as it is recreationally becoming legal in certain states, like Colorado, in the U.S. and provinces in Canada. Soon we won’t have to worry about the legality of marijuana and it will in fact just be another personal choice we’ll have to make when we are of legal age. I wonder if we can attribute the fact that younger people don’t use marijuana or even try it as often as older people do with this reasoning? That there is less fear or stigma of it having real, substantial negative effects on one’s life when we get older.

If you’re a stoner in high school and if pot has that “lazy effect,” on you, can really set your life off track because it can prevent you from applying yourself which can throw you off course a bit for a while. Whereas, when you’re a working adult, the seeds of your potential are already in place and there is a more stable foundation to “experiment” with. I also wonder if it was just more commonplace for previous generations, like baby boomers, to experiment with drugs.

So, how do you feel about weed? Should it be legal? Have you ever inhaled?

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Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.