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Stirring the pot, not smoking it

Well, it’s a new day in Canada and pot smokers are rejoicing (not to mention pot sellers). And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, where have you been hiding?

I, myself, am indifferent to the choices made by other individuals. As long as those choices don’t affect me and my rights.

So, smoke it if you want…on your own private property. But, frankly, I don’t want to smell it. Gosh, we ask people not to wear perfumed products to medical centres and the workplace, but now it’s okay to come to these same venues with the stench of marijuana wafting from your winter woollies. (And, in case you haven’t noticed, yes, it stinks.)

Smoke it if you must…it’s your legal right. But I don’t want you getting behind the wheel of a car, truck, bicycle, or dog sled if you’ve been toking up. Isn’t it enough that we have to watch out for drunk drivers and cell phone users? Now we’re adding another group of less-than-attentive drivers on the road. (And, yes, no matter what you might think or argue, your driving skills are impaired by smoking cannabis.)

Smoke it if you wish…it’s a new norm. But please don’t do so because you want to flout the law and cause a disturbance. Don’t our police officers have enough to deal with? They don’t need some bored individuals testing the waters to see how much they can get away with. (And, yes, you can bet your bottom dollar, some jerks are just itching to push the limits.)

Smoke it if you choose…it’s really up to you. But I don’t want to have my life affected by your choice. I really think that’s a fair request. (And, yes, I’m having a hard time believing that it won’t be.)

It will be an interesting learning curve over the next few weeks and months. Hopefully folks will act responsibly. But if cell phone usage while driving and drinking and driving are any indication, I won’t be holding my breath in anticipation. (That is except when I’m in the vicinity of someone smoking pot.)

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