There are some sitcoms that are timeless. My kids love to watch The Brady Bunch, The Cosby Show and Leave It To Beaver. Lessons from these shows often translate into something we can talk about, something that reinforces values we are trying to teach them.
And sometimes, an episode is merely a sign of the times and a chance for us to see how far we’ve come.
We were watching a Leave It To Beaver episode recently regarding the topic of smoking.
First June Cleaver says, “But Wally promised not to start smoking until he was old enough!”
(Old enough? What?)
And then my 9-year-old son turns to me and asks, “What’s an ashtray?”
You know what?
In the last 50 years, I think our generation has finally gotten something right.
This topic has always fascinated me. For the record, I have never imbibed. Ever. I’ve never even smoked a cigarette. I don’t judge those who do. But smoking, of any kind, is just not for me.
However, from what I know/read/learned about pot smoking it seems to me a fairly innocuous pastime. Certainly no worse than drinking alcohol. But then I hear from some experts and law enforcement that marijuana is a gateway drug, leading to bigger and scarier things.
I’ll never forget the look of horror on my parents faces when I told them I completely understood (in all my 16 years of wisdom) pot smoking. “At least you get something from it,” I said, “Cigarette smoking is like pouring dirt into your lungs. At least from pot, you get high.”
Listening to my brother-in-law (who has worked with the DEA and ICE) his stance is very black and white. It’s a drug. It’s illegal. It leads to more crime and harder drugs. It should be outlawed entirely.
I’m still on the fence.
So, I’m curious.
Where do you stand, dear reader? (Ahhh, I feel a poll coming on…..)