Confessions Of A Pot-Smoking Police Officer, Firefighter And Youth Pastor



Despite the increasing nationwide popularity of legalizing marijuana, admitting use for recreational or medical purposes, especially among certain professions, still has stigma attached. Anti-marijuana groups often point to studies that suggest long-term use could result in a lack of motivation, seemingly claiming that there is no such thing as a functional pot user.

However, according to several studies on marijuana use in the U.S., at least 14 million Americans admit to smoking pot regularly—and they can't all be couch potatoes.

The reality, as the secret-sharing app Whisper suggests below, is that the marijuana users are much more diverse than the "stoner" stereotype. They're doctors, teachers, preachers, computer programers, firefighters and even police officers.

See them all here.

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  1. Every… day. Every day. Not everyday.

    1. It’s an everyday habit.

  2. Im sober myself, but my wife smokes at night when Im home and the kids are in bed. She is an absolute dynamo. She has the house and kids squared away at all times. I see zero negative effects.

    1. it’s what you don’t see that does the most damage.

    2. I think you missed the recent Reason rant about the misuse of “sober”.

    3. I rarely smoke and just as rarely have the house and kids squared away so she’s miles ahead me with her ‘dysfunction’.

  3. ” at least 14 million Americans admit to smoking pot regularly — and they can’t all be couch potatoes.”

    Also, have you seen the unemployment numbers?
    I say this as a 100% advocate of legalization (on libertarian principles)
    I just don’t like lazy statistical analysis.

    1. Yeah, that’s a dumb statistic.

      Figure 160 million adults, 20 million are easily within the couch potato range no matter what the reason.

      I bet that at least -AT LEAST- 40 million of the working adult population smokes once a month, minimum.

      25% easy.

    2. Seriously? I’m pretty sure the implication there is not “there are literally less than 14 million couch potatoes in the US (and since when does unemployed = couch potato?)” but rather “the notion that each and everyone onf the 14 million people who smoke pot are couch potatoes is absurd”

      1. The problem is saying “at least 14 million Americans admit to smoking pot regularly — and they can’t all be couch potatoes” is a lazy statistic to use in an argument, particularly when that number shouldn’t really matter in the first place.

  4. These articles always remind me of the “… and I’m a Mormon” ad campaign.

  5. The “secret sharing app whisper”? Whether it’s generally true or not that lots of successful folks smoke weed, why would a secret sharing app called ‘whisper’ be an authoritative source for anything?

    I’m tempted to download the app, claim I’m a high-ranking member of the Obama administration and that I think the stimulus is bullshit.

    At least Huffpo admits that not a single thing you’re reading can be confirmed as truth.

    Here’s a review of someone who used the app:

    Had a slight problem with somebody messaging me so I blocked them, then they just continued to reply to everyone of my posts. Creeped me out a bit which made me delete for a while. Also my location is OFF but it still shows up. Definitely not a fan of that. Overall very cool app. But if you are easily insulted I would not download. People are mean and creepy. If you can’t just learn to laugh it off and keep going I think it could definitely lead to some self confidence issues.

    1. First, these ‘whisper’ posts prove nothing even if true.
      So, I wonder what exactly is the motive to lie. Your claims to be a high ranking government official on the other hand would have clear motivational possibilities.
      Now that this is a ‘thing’ on the internet, it is more likely non-serious messages will be posted, though more likely to be anti (“I’m driving your kids to school with a well-used bong”) or parody (“I am POTUS and I get baked non-stop”)

  6. So reason is now running non bylined Huffington Post reprints? This never would have flown when Postrel was editor. At least Nick puts his name on his Daily Beast stuff.

  7. Sometimes man you jsut have to roll with it.

  8. Doesn’t matter how harmless pot is, or that it should be legalized. Fact is it’s still illegal. Parents have no business smoking it in their home, because it invites the risk of CPS using it against them, and cops have no business smoking it because they took an oath to uphold the laws and their freaking job entails punishing others for it.

    Smoking weed is not a way of protesting its criminality. Some people- parents, law enforcement, politicians, should suck it up and deal with the fact that responsible, honorable people get the law repealed first rather than break it. If you can’t be sober till then, don’t have kids or become a cop.

    1. Yep, better not exercise your rights until your masters say it’s okay.

    2. I agree with your first paragraph- especially on the children part which is exactly why I smoke a joint only with a couple of business associates on their property. Yes, oddly, smoking trees seems to go down with job approvals.

      The tyranny associated with weed law in many areas of the country is considerable and not worth hassling a home with over a weed buzz.

      I do think that under some circumstances smoking weed is an excellent way to protest the unreasonable and unethical nature of weed laws- but as you say, just don’t be exposing your kids to raids or busting people for doing the same thing.

  9. I really wonder if we will look back at the war on drugs like we do with the inquisition.

    1. Look back? I see the War on Drugs as something of an inquisition now- without the explicit use of torture, of course.

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