Friday, April 20, 2012

420 - Not Just a Time of Day!


 Happy Sober 4/20/2012!  If you haven't been living under a rock then you might be aware of the significance of today's date (apologies to all rock dwellers).  That's right, it is 4/20/2012 or "420".  Wikipedia has this to say about the famous cultural concept, " The earliest use of the term began among a group of teenagers in San Rafael, California in 1971.  Calling themselves the Waldos, because "their chosen hang-out spot was a wall outside the school," the group first used the term in connection to a fall 1971 plan to search for an abandoned cannabis crop that they had learned about. The Waldos designated the Louis Pasteur statue on the grounds of San Rafael High School as their meeting place, and 4:20 pm as their meeting time.  The Waldos referred to this plan with the phrase "4:20 Louis". Multiple failed attempts to find the crop eventually shortened their phrase to simply "4:20", which ultimately evolved into a codeword that the teens used to mean pot-smoking in general."
     All around the world today, millions will smoke pot.  They will do it for myriad of reasons: social pressure, boredom, being a part of something larger than themselves, and just plain getting high man!  The sad part is that pot is harmful to the body.  It does hurt your brain by destroying memory.  It leaves you with less money, freedom, and life than what it purports to give you.  It is also illegal.  It is not a drug that helps hurts you.    
    As a non-pot-smoker most people will tell me that I am not qualified to speak on the subject.  While they are correct, in that I don't know what it feels like to inhale marijuana and feel the subsequent 'high' from it, I do know what it is like to talk to addicts at The Coleman Institute who are coming off of drugs who tell me that 'pot is a gateway drug' and that they used to not feel that way but their destructive drug history tells them otherwise. 
    Don't get me wrong, I am not judging people who smoke pot.  I am hoping that they find a better way of life than frying their brain on green weed.  Life is too beautiful, too bold, too fun, too exciting and too short to waste inhaling bud dude...seriously...put out the bud, destroy the bong and join the "sober highway"...we've got lots of great destinations!

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