I don't mean to generalize, but let's be honest here. It's a pretty safe assumption to say that many of our esteemed disc golf brethren also have another hobby, one that seems to have claimed today, April 20th, as it's unofficial holiday. I'm well aware because I was once a part of this crowd. Yes folks. I used to toke up.
Now, if you were to ask me about it, I'd shoot straight with you. Ask me if I enjoyed doing it, and I'd say "hell yeah". Ask me if I thought it was a bad thing, and I'd say "absolutely not". Fact is, you show me a guy smoking a bowl in his beanbag chair, and I'll show you a guy who's not causing any trouble. But this blog is not meant to be about whether marijuana is good or bad. That's really up to the individual, isn't it?
No, friends, this blog is more about forward progress. You see, back when I was still a member of the "green persuasion", I associated with a few people who, let us just say, weren't pillars of society. They did things that were quite inappropriate, often stupid, and sometimes illegal. This is not a representation of all those who toke, just a fair amount of those that I knew. A significant portion of these individuals didn't stop at weed, either. One such fellow, who I see on the disc golf course quite regularly (but rarely speak with), moved on to meth and cocaine and, subsequently, lost his marriage and the rights to see his daughter because of it. Whether he still has these issues is unknown to me, as I've long since distanced myself. What I have noticed, at least in the cases of those I'm most familiar, is that although there have been little or no changes for the worse, there have been no changes for the better, either.
They still have an "unsettled" living arrangement. They find it hard to gain or keep employment. They still have some difficulty taking responsibility for just about anything. They still text me to say "Happy 4:20!!" even thought I haven't smoked rope in years, and they know this. They may be comfortable in their situation, and if so, then good for them. Personally, I wasn't. Again, and I say this again because it bears repeating, this is not a representation of all those who toke, just a fair amount of those that I knew. I put it behind me, knowing that it would cause problems for me. Although I maintain that there is nothing wrong with smoking weed, it's something that will affect the way others perceive you, usually for the worse. I still have friends that smoke up, and I love them. They respect my decision to abstain just as I respect their decision to partake, and we have plenty of good times together without marijuana being an issue. It’s funny how the rest of the world finds this so difficult.