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I want to say something about smoking pot.  I liked smoking pot.  But smoking pot is not harmless.  

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I tried it when I was a teen but didn't really get into it until after high school.  I fell into a group of people after graduation that were into it.  I was in a circumstance that it soothed what I have come to understand was deep pain and shame.  That led to being a 35 year smoker of pot.  I partnered and married someone who used it the same as I did.   We enabled one another.  If it was in the house I wanted it.  I had very little self control around it.  Smoking first thing in the morning.  After work.  Before a bike ride.  Before a run.  Doing chores around the house.  Etc. etc.  The only way to regulate was to run out.  I do not have that trouble with alcohol.  

I had a pot problem.  I will be smoke free 4 years this September.  I feel much much better.  People comment frequently that I look younger.  Some people may be able to smoke once in a while but I am not one of them.  If that is you, more power to you.  

With all the celebration and media cheer leading about legalization I just want to say that it is not harmless.  It does cause real problems.  The same way alcohol can cause real problems.  I think there will come a point in the media narrative when the downside is reexamined and a new media narrative will be born.  But for now I think some problems are being ignored.  

So the point is this.  Pot is not harmless.  

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Has anyone else had a problem?

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