My mom was an addict when I was a kid. It started with the overprescribing of opiates and barbiturates after a car accident which was shortly followed by the deaths of her parents which were only 6 weeks apart. After they died, she never emerged from the bottom of an orange bottle.
When my mom died unexpectedly two years ago, I fell into of bag of weed and still haven't come up for oxygen, though I've tried. At the height of my addiction, I was smoking an ounce every two days. Now it's more like a gram or two a day.
I'm doing exactly what my mother did except I'm addicted to a drug that no one believes anyone can really be addicted to.
The times I've been successful at quitting for more than a day (I got to 28 days recently) was when I've attended AA (my area doesn't have NA), but I found out that most people in AA smoke a ton of weed to cope with living without alcohol and they don't see it the same way.
And they shouldn't. Because I'm not gonna end up with liver failure even if I managed to smoke a pound a week. But after going to meetings and doing the readings, I have to admit, I discovered rooms of people who process the world just like me; we just do it with different means.
Anyway. The AA community was really flaky. And I believe it was due in part to the fact I identify as an addict because of my pot use.
And. I am a middle Millennial; many of the people I have grown up with suffer from addiction to things like meth and heroin, and many others are in jail or have overdosed from the same. I'd be embarrassed to call myself an addict in front of these people, to talk about how hard it is to get sober. Dude, I don't get dope sick.
I don't know that I've ever met anyone else who self identifies as a weed addict but in a serious way, not in a I moonlight by listening to Dre and smoking blunts way.
I can't believe I'm the only person of 7 some billion experiencing this struggle and feeling alone in it. And I can't believe I'm the only one who also feels like pot doesn't count as a real addiction.
***Edited to add:
I understand that weed has addictive qualities, and that it can and does function as a crutch for some people, including myself.
What I'm speaking to is really my perception of wider society's general opinion of smoking weed and whether or not it's a true addiction. I feel like it's not taken seriously, not that I don't take it seriously.
After spending the weekend looking at marijuana stocks to get into before Dems make it legal nationally CRLBF gets my seal of approval.
They sell a ton of gummies and edibles. I don't think legalizing weed is going to drastically change the number of people that smoke it or how they get it. But most people in states that it is not legal in will get to enjoy edibles that were previously unavailable to them. Also edibles are easy to scale up the manufacturer and distribution of.
Cresco is an American company. I think believe that the Canadian companies don't have as much potential for growth as American ones do. Just my opinion.
Cresco is the nation's largest wholesale distributor. This will be huge when every Tom, Dick and Joe starts opening cannabis shops like starbucks.
They are virtically intergraded. This makes them more nimble and gives them the ability to change fast when the time comes.
All marijuana stocks are going to go up. I'd be interested in some discussion about some lesser known small caps.
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Marijuana, generally unregulated in the first part of United States history, began facing significant restrictions in the 1900s and continued to be focused on in several pieces of legislation through the latter part of the 20th century including the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 followed by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. Mandatory sentencing minimums enacted during the administration of President Ronald Reagan legislated necessary legal action be taken against drug offenses, often including the use or distribution of Marijuana.
The administration of President Reagan also saw the AIDS crisis break out in the United States. A resurgence occurred of interest in marijuana for medical usage, with AIDS patients reporting significant relief from its usage. A large percentage of these patients being concentrated in San Francisco and Los Angeles may have contributed to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, a California law which was the first in the nation to defy federal regulations in permitting citizens with a doctor's note to cultivate and possess marijuana for medical usage. However, the 2001 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative ruled that medical exemption could not be used to bypass federal law. This was followed by the 2005 Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Raich, in which the court ruled that users and distributors of medical marijuana in California could still be prosecuted under federal law despite its legality in that state. This led to a surge in the 2000s of federal Drug Enforcement Agency arrests of medical users within California.
As further states and jurisdictions passed their own legislation loosening regulations on medical marijuana, further court cases would have long-term impacts on their enactment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Conant v. McCaffrey in 2000 determined that physicians had the right to recommend marijuana usage to patients, but not in fact to presc... keep reading on reddit ➡
I really don’t care if people smoke marijuana, but please do it in your own house. I am sick and tired of having to smell that disgusting smell everywhere I go. Go to the store and the stench is rolling out of at least several cars in the parking lot, same for the gas station. Go inside a store to shop and a rolling cloud of marijuana stench is following around at least a few customers who got baked in their car before coming in. Drive down the road and your AC or heater suck in the cloud of smoke coming out of car in front of you. If you want to smoke it smoke that crap at home. Do everyone a favor before you leave the house and take a shower, put on fresh clothes and done cologne or perfume. Believe it or not their are people who find the smell of marijuana disgusting.
I just got approved for the BitPay credit card so now I can use crypto with Apple Pay. Formerly I used Apple Pay for almost every transaction, save for when I (legally) purchased marijuana. Now, marijuana is my only reason to pay in USD. Funny how times change.
Let’s face it, at some point or another you were working on admission and as you came to the “do you do any drugs” question and the patient answered yes,Marijuana. Your eyes roll so far back that you consider they just may get stuck there. Inside your head you’re thinking well not really a drug or well more safe than alcohol before you continued through the admission. However, this case isn’t about patients using marijuana for their pain, for sleep, for depression or anxiety it’s about nurses. How many nurses go home after a night shift and drink to go to sleep? How many go home and take a benadryl, flexaril, or norco that they were prescribed because of the back pain and lack of sleep? How many nurses go home unable to get their mind off that patient that should’ve lived or that cancer patient who wasted away in front of your eyes. Don’t get me wrong, marijuana isn’t a miracle drug. It has side effects and short comings like every drug but as a nurse I would like to decide for myself if it’s a drug that I could use for myself without fear of legal retribution. Nurses continue to be the most trusted profession yet I can’t be trusted to use marijuana for my pain and not come to work under the influence. The United States needs to legalize not just for the patients but for the caregivers. Nurses need the chance to care for themselves, if only the federal government would allow it.
“Thank you very much for the call, sir.”
The next day, policemen descend on the neighbor’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept.
Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They swear at the neighbors and leave.
The phone rings at the neighbors house.
"Hey, Craig, did the police come?”
“Did they chop your firewood?”
“Sure did, Eric. Thanks!”
“Great, now it’s your turn to call. I need my garden plowed.”
>TL;Dr: My Fiancé bought 60mg peach rings, I woke up at around midnight with a sweet tooth, and ate two of them in a disoriented sleepy state. I had not ever done marijuana until that point, and I got very, very high.
So, My fiancé of two years is a marijuana consumer, she enjoys a good buzz after work, and I enjoy a glass of whiskey and a cigar once a month, that’s just the way we are, she’s happy, I’m happy.
She had always wanted to get me stoned since our first date, since I had never tried marijuana, and I had always promised that our wedding night would be our first time getting high together.
I include this information, because I feel I need to emphasize how unprepared my body was for what happened to me.
Yesterday, I got out of the hospital due to COVID complications, I am feeling about 80% normal I’d say, congested, but normal, and I felt extremely exhausted, so I went to our bedroom and crashed out.
When I awoke, the thirst in my mouth was sandy, and the heat from my body seemed almost leeched entirely into the bed. So I got up, and looked at my phone, as you do, and I see that it’s around 11:30 pm. I walk into my kitchen, and I get myself a giant glass of cold water. My fiancé is on video calls with her friends in the living room, foggy smoke fills the air.
She has Oreos by her, but I am balls out naked, and if I were to go, her webcam would surely capture the shmeat and broadcast it to four women and a flamboyantly gay man enjoying their night.
But I’m sleepy and I want sweets
So in my stupor, I open the snack cupboard, and grab... peach rings, that’s all the bag says on the top, (brand)Peach Rings.
I popped one in my mouth, and grabbed two more, and put the baggy back in the cabinet, and scuttled off, but after the second peach ring, the aftertaste was bitter, I figured they were just sugar free, but because I have a mild allergic reaction to some sweeteners, I decided to go back to read the ingredients on the back of the package:
On the FRONT OF THE BAG it actually says (brand) THC INFUSED peach rings, 60 mg... my initial thoughts weren’t so abnormal, 60 mg sounds like nothing, like if I took a 60 mg ibuprofen that would barely be any ibuprofen, right? So my logic was that it would be like taking almost nothing
So I called my fiancé into the room with me, and I told her what happened, she told me to eat something right away, she ended up warming me up some Chef Boyardee Ravioli, and sat me down at our dining table, and I pull... keep reading on reddit ➡
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Hey, r/Virginia! I’m JM Pedini, the development director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and the executive director of the state affiliate chapter Virginia NORML.
Last week, the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates each passed bills that would legalize the personal possession and cultivation and regulate the retails sales of cannabis for adults 21 and older. Now, each bill must make its way through the opposite chamber in order to be reconciled into one version and receive final approval by the Senate and House.
There’s still a lot of work ahead of us, and I’m here to demystify the legislative process and share how you can help Legalize Virginia.