Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Deadly Drug

I was watching something with Lily that had a reference to pot, and I asked her if she knew what it was. She said "Marijuana." I asked, "What's that?" She said, "A deadly drug."

A marijuana lab

I'm pretty sure she gets this from her health class. I don't doubt their good intentions, but let's have some perspective. The peril of this approach is, of course, that when she finds out that one puff of pot isn't going to turn you into an addict twitching in the alley, she'll no longer trust other thing she learned from people who lied to her with good intentions. Jen once knew a women who said, hopefully in jest, that she was going to tell her daughter that one kiss would make her pregnant. Same deal there.

I didn't say anything at the time, but what I should have said was something like, "We'd prefer if you didn't smoke it, but it's not a deadly drug. The biggest reason that we don't want you to do it is that our drug laws are draconian and unevenly applied, and if you get caught, it could really fuck up your future." (Though, as a middle class white girl, that uneven application is probably going to get applied in her favor, but that's another conversation entirely.)


  1. The consequences of getting mired in our draconian legal system if you get caught is about the best explanation I've ever read about why someone should think twice before smoking marijuana (and I agree that white privilege works in Lily's favor). You could still tell Lily this. I don't think the 5-second rule need apply.

  2. Glad we're way past those narrow-minded presumptions of what is otherwise a healthy recreational substance. With the legalization of marijuana taking place, we are all definitely in the right track indeed, as as far as opening the options for our purchase. That should be a good run. Thanks for sharing that! All the best to you!

    Arthur Andreas @ KushGo