I grew up in a legitimately pot-friendly household.
My amazing parents had both been hippies until I came along.
They rarely got high directly in front of me, but they made no secret of being active smokers whenever I wasn’t currently around. This offered myself and others a certain perspective of cannabis that most folks did not receive. To myself and others getting high seemed quite normal, it was something I knew that adults did in private, and was not legitimately a giant deal. Once I got myself to high college all my teachers and advisors told myself and others that cannabis was pure evil, and would lead to criminal behavior. I had seen firsthand that there is nothing inherently dangerous about cannabis, it just made my parents giggle a lot. So when all these grown adults in positions of authority told myself and others cannabis would ruin my life, ya know… not only did I not listen to them, but it made myself and others distrust them. When my teachers often told myself and others cannabis was evil, I knew them to be liars… or something far worse, which is condemning it without having tried it. Anyone who has tried smoking cannabis in the past cannot say that it is harmful or dangerous in any way. I tried smoking cannabis myself while I was in high college, however I didn’t like it. Later on, when I was in college, I once sampled some much higher quality cannabis, I liked it a lot more! Now that I have my own little family, and run my own household, I do much as my parents did and treat cannabis the same way I always treat alcohol – it’s just not a legitimately giant deal.