This isn't totally on topic, but it's too valuable to send my thoughts only
to one news group.
I'm sure you'll hear this a few times. But, smoking MJ goes along with a
whole list of behaviours. It's a package deal. People who smoke MJ also do a
bunch of other things.
I've long since decided that this isn't the kind of people I want to
I give you an example. One fellow I used to be friends with, about 15 years
ago. Jerry was out of work. I took him under my wing, and was showing him a
trade. Well, there was a seminar in Canada at one point. So, I figured he's
more or less on the way from where I lived, to the seminar. I offered to
pick him up.
Well, he didn't answer the door. I banged awhile, and then called on the
cell phone. Back in the days when cell phones were bolted to the vehicle.
He came down after awhile, and said he over slept. He had to go to the
hospital (on the far side of the city) to get some Rx medication that he had
run out. I was still willing to work with him, and so we went off to the
hospital. Waited otuside while he went in and got his Rx filled.
We got off to the seminar. But, a bit late. No problem. We boomed and zoomed
down the road, and were going to get at least to one or two of the classes.
We were about half way across the bridge (with the customs in sight) and he
turned to me, and in a conversational voice said "I hope you don't mind, I
brought a joint to smoke after lunch". Well, as you can guess, I nearly
frieked out. Jerry reassures me that minor ammounts of MJ had been
decriminalized. I reminded him that's only wtihin NYS, and that we are
talking international borders, here. I was able to regain my composure by
the time we got to Customs. And, wonders, we got through without being
We got to the seminar about 4:55, and the seminar ended at 6 PM. Not a
problem. I figured we could catch a motel room, and there were some classes
the next day. Not acceptable to Jerry, he had to be back to the city the
next morning. We did find some dinner (and Jerry got to smoke his joint).
We turned around, and drove the three hours (and the border crossing) home.
We got back to the city about 9 PM or whatever. Nice and late. On the way
back, Jerry told me what was with the Rx at the hospital. He'd grown up in
NYC and was a heroin addict. He was going for his daily dose of methadone.
Anyhow, you hang out with your drug users if you wish. I certainly would
Christopher A. Young
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