I remember back in school being told about the DARE program.
DARE to keep children off of drugs, that sort of thing.
They made it seem like drug dealers were waiting around every corner to give us free drugs and get us hooked. I laugh about it now, because I’ve never met a drug dealer who gave drugs away for free, have you? No one ever has, because they don’t exist. Little me would have been shocked and appalled to see that the future version of himself works as a budtender, selling medical grade marijuana from a legal dispensary. In those days, grown ups preached to us like all drugs were exactly the same amount of dangerous, so marijuana was just as addictive as heroin or crack. This is, of course, laughable on its face, and by demonizing the cannabis plant they inadvertently discredited themselves in my eyes. Once I sampled marijuana for the first time, it made me question everything that I had been taught about all drugs. I should have been taught that marijuana, like alcohol, is fine to use recreationally and safely, but shouldn’t be abused. This is not only what I tell my new clients at the cannabis dispensary, but also what I tell my own children. By no means am I encouraging my kids to try marijuana, I just tell them that it is something they can decide for themselves about once they get of legal age. It’s great if they want to sample cannabis at some point, but I don’t want them using hard drugs ever.