A piece a friend contributed for my blog:
To look at me, I am another well adjusted man in his 40’s. I have a good job, and work long hours. I am married, and have a dog that everyone falls in love with. I am intelligent, well read, and well travelled. I volunteer time and donate money to various causes. I have a nice house and a nice car. I have friends of all ages, and all walks of life.
But- I am a criminal. I use illegal drugs. You see- when I get home from work I’d often rather smoke a little cannabis then pour a drink. It takes the edge off better for me, and quite frankly, I have seen alcohol do too much damage to friends and family.
And once or twice a year I may do MDMA, LSD, 2-CB, Psilocybin, or even one of those more obscure creations of Alexander Shulgin. Sometimes it’s just the wife and I. Sometimes with another couple or other close friends. And quite honestly, it tends to be do more for me then a 2 week vacation and a year of therapy.
But the sad fact is- I could get arrested. Have a permanent record. Loose my right to vote. Loose my right to travel to numerous countries which I still want to visit. Possibly loose my job. Have people look at me differently.
So please, tell me, why my choice of intoxicants, intoxicants which don’t cause me any problems in my life, and to the contrary, improve my life, should make me a criminal?
The sad fact is- everyone reading this, knows someone like me. They may be your doctor. Your co-worker or your boss. They may be your sibling. Or your neighbor. A person you like, respect, or love. A perfectly normal, respectable, and well-adjusted person. And yet we are criminals.