You don’t raise a teenager in this country without having an ongoing debate, or at the very least, a discussion about the legalization of marijuana. And if you are one of those parents who has a young adult who always does what he or she is told, then you’ve struck pay dirt while mining the grounds of this thing we call parenting. Congratulate yourself or praise the heavens, because you are unique.
In my experience, even if your child isn’t in a debater and happens to share your opinion on everything, most likely he or she has friends or at least a peer or two who has been in trouble with the law because of something to do with pot, or weed, as it’s hipper to call it.
It’s one topic that continually comes up in conversation with my fellow parents, all of whom save a few, are in favor of it because we all have kids who, as I described before, know someone who has come dangerously close to having their futures derailed because of the contraband drug.
And I think it’s precisely because our generation grew up with pot–and aren’t scared of it. Many of my college friends smoked dope–most not regularly, but definitely once in a while. I personally never took to the drug because I can’t smoke. It’s physically impossible for me to breathe smoke into my lungs. (I also had surgeries on my vocal chords as a kid and the doctor warned that cancer was always a possibility.)
All that said, I am not here to present pros and cons of the legalization debate. Personally, I remain on the fence. What do you think?