As you can tell from reading the text below, which was the original ‘About’ page on this blog, the original intent behind this blog was to document my personal journey while quitting the use of marijuana. Within a couple of days, a few people had found my videos on YouTube and made it over here to the blog. Within a week or so, both of my new friends, Katie (from down under in Australia) and Richie (from an undisclosed location in Europe) had joined me blogging here and we all became support for each other – and probably for many more who have not chimed in.
I’m very happy that this is no longer just about my journey – even though I’m the only one crazy enough to show my face, full name, etc. Then again, I am the only one of the group so far who lives in a place where smoking pot is actually legal (as voted by Washington state voters in November 2012).
Anyone else who wants to join us and might benefit from some support and encouragement is welcome to join us. Just leave a comment on one of the posts or email me at HowIQuitSmokingPot(at)gmail.com
This was the original ‘About” page, which is no longer appropriate, but I want to leave it up for a little while.
I started writing this blog on December 30, 2012 (3 days after my 50th birthday). At that
(this?) point, I have had only been not smoking pot for 6 days. I am still fighting off urges to smoke marijuana, but every morning I wake up, I am feeling stronger, healthier and feeling much better about myself.
This blog, “How I Quit Smoking Pot”, is meant to be an outlet for me to document my journey to returning to living weed-free, which I have not done in a very long time. I am making it public as a way to reinforce my commitment to living as healthy a life as possible.
I apologize in advance to anyone who may be embarrassed by MY actions and will work very hard to protect those who need (and deserve) protecting – and everyone else too 😉 It is not my intention to hurt anyone – especially friends and family, only to help myself heal, get to optimal health and finally get to be the person I was put on the planet to be.
I started smoking pot when I was 12 years old. A fellow little league teammate (and a current friend on Facebook who has not smoked in years) told me “I’m gonna get you stoned – and I don’t mean with rocks”. By the end of the next school year (7th grade at Bellevue Junior High School in Bellevue Washington), I was pretty much an every day user. Since then, I have pretty much been an every day user, usually several times a day – although there have been a few gaps when I stopped for various reasons – usually appearances, employment and/or drug testing.
I have been a medical marijuana patient for many, many years – in fact was among the first MMJ patients in California in 1996 when Proposition 215 was the first medical marijuana law passed in the United States (and the entire planet as far as I know).
Having lived in Washington state for most of the last 8 years, I have been a MMJ patient here too – giving me even easier access to pot than most people. Although it is well known and has been documented that even people with no medical issues have been easily able to become ‘legal’ medical marijuana patients, I am one of the many who do actually have medical problems that are helped with the use of marijuana – and I have the medical history and records to prove it, having suffered a very bad neck and back injury while working as a commercial fisherman in Alaska.
In reality, MMJ has really helped me cope and helped me deal with constant pain and other issues relating to my injury and I am a little frightened that I may suffer in the future since I am done smoking anything – but at the same time, hopeful that my other coping mechanisms (working out, clean eating, reading and writing) will help me past any issues.
Despite it’s therapeutic benefits, I feel like I have become far too dependent on marijuana (medical or otherwise) and it is having too many negative effects on my life for me to continue using it.
Just last month, Washington voters passed WA Initiative 502 to legalized personal use of marijuana for anyone 18 years of age and older. I did vote to help this pass, not because it was a perfect or even well-written law, but because I believe it is a step in the right direction. I think it is ridiculous to spend valuable law enforcement time on victim-less crimes such as drug use and possession. My feeling is that the initiative passed mostly because of financial reasons – many people just want to see pot taxed so that they might get more governmental services – or have to pay less tax. (but that is just my feeling).
Although medical marijuana has been ‘legal’ for me for over 15 years and I have more rights as a MMJ patient than as a ‘normal’ citizen here in Washington state, the fact that it is now ‘legal’ here is very foreign to me – and hasn’t really changed anything for me personally. Except – since it is now legal, it seems like a very good time to stop using this drug.