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How many of you smoke pot, used to, or know one who does?(11 posts)

How many of you smoke pot, used to, or know one who does?empacher6seat
Jan 1, 2003 11:49 AM
At a New Years party last night, I noticed that I was one of the few people not lighting up a joint at one point or another. I started thinking about it, and the majority of people I know smoke pot. Some people do every day, others just socially. I know far more people in Victoria smoke pot then cigarettes. I know this isn't really a sample that reflects the general population, being the people I know are usually between the ages of 17-27 (but I know many older people who do, too) and living in the Heart Land of Pot, Victoria, British Columbia.

Last year, I surveyed the highschool I graded from (approx. 900 students) the year before and found that 84% of the students drink socially compared to 7% who drink over 3 times a week, and 8% who don't drink at all. 92% of the students had tried pot at least once, 73% of those smoke up socially.

I found that to be suprising. I knew lots of kids smoked pot... but I had no idea that nearly everyone in the school had tried it.

What's this situation like where you all live? Are we non-tokers a dying breed?
never did myself but...lonefrontranger
Jan 1, 2003 2:42 PM
I know a CRAPLOAD of riders and racers who just love to get lit before a hard outing. Mostly MTBers, guess it goes with the culture.

My dad is a 60's hippie type and to this day still smokes quite a lot of weed. He tried it on me once when I was about twelve, and all I did was get really paranoid; not my thing. Don't mind being around it, just not my thing.

The best "coulda shoulda woulda" story was my first cycling mentor, a former Cat 1 who hung out a lot with the Harrelsons. I think these guys singlehandedly kept the Mexican farmers in business if you know what I mean.
Situation across the inlet....sctri
Jan 1, 2003 3:10 PM
Yah, in Vancouver (North Van to be specific) we are just the same, and according to recent RCMP numbers, would make a decent run at the Island for "pot-heartland"
Not anything to be proud of, but never the less...
Weed is a big part of the supposed "BC culture" you hear all kinds of urban legends about dealers in the states who will trade harder drugs pound for pound with BC bud, and on a recent visit back east (ottawa), the puesdo-"brand" of choice seemed to be the so called "BC hydro"...

As result, i suspect that most people in our generation needa pretty good reason not to toke up, for you it was rowing i would assume and in my case it was competitive swimming, but whatever the situation may be, it needs to be better than "dont do pot, it will ruin your life" when its so easy to see that there is such wide usuage with little consiquence

RC
re: How many of you smoke pot, used to, or know one who does?mickey-mac
Jan 1, 2003 5:10 PM
At 40, I'm too old to be hanging with many people who light up on a regular basis. In fact, about two weeks ago I was driving behind a dude who was smoking a joint and realized that it was the first time I had smelled pot in about 3 or 4 years. It seems that once people hit about 35, they: a) stop smoking altogether; b) keep smoking heavily and drop out of "mainstream" society; or c) keep smoking stealthily and maintain some semblance of a normal life. I work with someone whose husband is about 45. They have a 6 year old son. Dad hits the bong in the garage with the door locked about 4 or 5 times a day. He maintains a good job and doesn't carry around copies of High Times or hang out at the head shop. Apart from his tendency to laugh at things that aren't particulary funny and eat lots of really bad snack food, I'd never guess that he's on the herb.
No personal commentDuane Gran
Jan 1, 2003 7:56 PM
"yes, but I didn't inhale." ;)

I'm not very surprised by the numbers. Bear in mind that there is a big difference between trying marijuana and being a pot-head. The latter is a problem, but the former isn't that big of a deal. People who regularly smoke marijuana are probably rare if I were to take a guess.

Among road racers I know, I can't think of anyone who does it. Most of them are so health conscious that the notion of smoking anything is repulsive. Pot brownies on the other hand... (not that I know)
In college 30 years ago, but not sinceretro
Jan 1, 2003 9:07 PM
Probably 70-90 percent of my college classmates (1971) smoked fairly regularly, and maybe a third of the ones I've kept in touch with still do. Personally, I never liked it much (didn't mind the effects, HATED smoking), and it's been at least 25 years for me.
Among my kids' friends (late teens-early 20s), I'd have to say it's 30-40 percent.
My friends are all alcoholics.Sintesi
Jan 2, 2003 8:33 AM
A bunch of beer sodden underachievers. I love 'em all. : ) I think it depends on your crowd. Here in NYC tho, I will say that when I first arrived I was surprised to notice people smoking it casually right on the street. Walking down the street with a blunt like it was a cigarette. It's hard to do a lap in Central Park without encountering that distinctive odor.
I must live on a different planetPaulCL
Jan 2, 2003 10:20 AM
I'm 40. I smoked a few times in college and grad school. But then it stopped. I cannot think of a single friend who smokes now or at least admits to it. I know my fair share of AA members, but no-one who smokes pot.

A question?? Is pot smoking beyond college a new phenominon or a question of socio-economic status??? I don't want to sound snooty or anything, but all of my friends and neighbors are college educated professionals: doctors,lawyers, business owners, accountants, etc.. I would be very, very surprised to find any of them as pot smokers. Why would anyone risk the social stigma if caught in a random drug test?? What if they were stopped while driving??? More importantly, how do you explain to your children that its' OK for you to break the law and smoke pot, but they can't???? That's the big one for me. Paul
Where do you live?ColnagoFE
Jan 2, 2003 10:42 AM
Here in Boulder, CO the doctors and the lawyers used to be (still are?) the ones who were the biggest cokeheads and potheads. Education has very little to do with pot or most illicit drug use in my opinion. As far as the kiddies finding out I imagine most parents don't openly smoke in front of their kids. That said, I think I'd rather have my sons smoking the herb rather than downing a fifth of vodka on a regular basis. And unless the kids are 21, alcohol is just as illegal as pot is. That said...I'd prefer them to do neither.
The most conservative city in the countryPaulCL
Jan 2, 2003 12:22 PM
I live just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Of which, Mark Twain once said: "When the world ends, I want to be in Cincinnati, since they won't accept the change for another twenty years"....or something like that.

Yes, alcohol is just as illegal as pot under 21. But pot is ALWAYS illegal. How can anyone explain that to their kids?? I rarely drink in front of my kids, but they realize their mom and dad drinking alcohol in moderation is legal and OK. By the way, there is a BIG difference between smoking a little herb and downing a fifth of vodka. Let's put them in the same frame of reference. What would you rather have your 17 year old son do?? Smoke a couple of joints or drink a couple of beers. Answer #1 is 'neither'. Answer #2 for me, is beer. Why?? It is, or will be legal for that child in a matter of years. It is readily available from reliable, legal, above-board sources (vs. some slimy dealer) and it doesn't have the stigma of a 'drug abuser' attached.

You are right about pot smokers vs. education level. Afterall, the first time I smoked it was in college - a place of 'higher' learning. When I was in medical school, we had a saying: study hard, party harder. Alcohol and drugs were used regularly. But after school was over?? When you are into your job/residency?? When you are married with kids??? When you can lose your job and career over one joint?? In my personal experience, my contemporaries don't use it. All I have is my personal experience.
T'was a sign of the times.Steve98501
Jan 2, 2003 4:05 PM
I came of age in the 60s, so it would have been difficult not to. I smoked pot and tried a few things recreationally, but was never a heavy user. I don't think of pot, in moderation, as any worse than alcohol. And heavy pot use is likely a lot safer than heavy alcohol use, since almost no one has died from using pot (I've got some references on this).

I know a few people who occasionally use it, but none who smoke it regularly. It doesn't seem to be the stigma of use, but rather, the stigma of getting busted since it's not readily available without some risk of arrest. Being a non-smoker is my main reason for choosing wine or beer for a buzz instead of pot.