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To think that weed smoking didn't use to be so blatant

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NuzzleMyScratch Fri 08-Feb-13 20:34:44

I live in a London suburb, and work in the centre of London. Both near home and work at least once a day I'll find myself walking behind/in the vicinity of someone brazenly smoking weed on the street likes it's a cigarette. And cars often drive past leaving a tell-tale smell behind them.
Does no one actually give a shit any more?

BarredfromhavingStella Sat 09-Feb-13 08:44:13

Don't think it's any more prevalent now than when I was a caned teen in the 90's.

MoreBeta Sat 09-Feb-13 08:24:34

There is a gradual move in the USA to decriminalise it too in various individual states.

In fact the state Govts are desperate for the cash the main driver is to begin to allow it to be taxed like cigarettes - but they have to decriminalise it first before they can tax it.

ILoveTIFFANY Sat 09-Feb-13 08:23:31

Our local councillor smokes it.... Brazenly.

ifancyashandy Sat 09-Feb-13 08:16:40

Weed smoking has been unofficially decriminalised in many parts of the country. Police resources are stretched and since most stoners are too chilled to commit crimes (apart from the one they are inherently committing), they are left alone. They'd have to nick half the population!

I miss getting stoned. But can't hack the schizo weed. Bring back sticky black I say!

ComposHat Sat 09-Feb-13 01:56:51

We used to get merrily stoned in a discrete corner of the college bars. I
haven't had any weed for years but get the occasional craving for a joint.

I smell people smoking weed in the street and my old next door neighbour used to prop himself against the wall watching the world go by joint in hand.

I can't get that worked up about it and I guess the cops have got better things than do than bust adults for having the odd recreational puff.

BigAudioDynamite Fri 08-Feb-13 22:40:09

Me too stan sad

I had a friend who did every driving lesson and her driving test while stoned. Not to the point of ridiculousness, but a bit mellow. She couldn't drive if she wasn't, because she wasn't used to it, was rather odd...

Stangirl Fri 08-Feb-13 22:19:07

I've lived in London since 87 and have always smelt it on the streets. Makes me all wistful these days...

OeufsEnCocotte Fri 08-Feb-13 22:08:18

OP, brazen public weed-smoking was prevalent if not de rigeur in certain parts of Manchester during the late 80s - early 90s. Some of the pubs were positively Amsterdamian in allowing joints to be smoked openly. Happy days ;)

tinygreendragon Fri 08-Feb-13 22:03:05

Nuzzle : Doesn't it worry you, the number of people in charge of cars, kids, jobs that are stoned?

No more so than the worry of the number of people in charge of cars, kids, jobs who are drunk.

NuzzleMyScratch Fri 08-Feb-13 21:57:45

Doesn't it worry you, the number of people in charge of cars, kids, jobs that are stoned?

BigAudioDynamite Fri 08-Feb-13 21:55:46

I was thinking this recent too...didn't know if it was just the area I live...the whole neighbourhood smells of weed. But, I like it! grin

I like cycle back from work, in busy dynamic city centre, and passing through the wall of smoke....different pace/people stood about chatting....it makes me grin and remember to stop and smell the flowers (man)! Peace out grin

Seriously, if the police mocked everyone for weed smoking....there would be no-one left here!

I smoked a hideous amount between the ages of 14 and 19, about a tenners worth a day blush, I really did smoke it everywhere - shopping, at the pub, at college, just out walking, in friends cars. I looked very smart, so I suspect police just assumed it was someone else if there were a few people around. I also remember a group of students who would have a spliff every lunch time by my primary school playground, so to be honest I don't notice a huge difference really...

HollyBerryBush Fri 08-Feb-13 21:46:08

Its dealt in most school playgrounds sad

tinygreendragon Fri 08-Feb-13 21:38:28

If it were decriminalised and regulated the kids wouldn't be able to get hold of it. Plus I believe if the smokers had somewhere to go (eg coffeeshop like Amsterdam) they wouldn't be smoking it on the streets.

YANBU. My neighbours either side of me smoke it, and when I go out in my garden thats all I can smell sometimes. None of my business, no issue at all to me but that smell gives me the heave! Also seen a few doobs on the school run boke!

gallivant, that's interesting, I'm in Fife and although I am aware of a huge amount of adults smoking it, I'm now terrified my kids will start it. DP used to smoke it and was mellow on the solid stuff but when he smoked grass or skunk it was like Jekyll and Hyde. Scary to see.

IslaValargeone Fri 08-Feb-13 21:03:35

We don't live in London by the way, we are in Lancashire.

ClippedPhoenix Fri 08-Feb-13 21:02:51

it happened in my day, it happens today. I personally haven't seen any big difference. I used to have what I called "a puff" when younger grin

We even used to sneak one into the cinema back then.

Meglet Fri 08-Feb-13 21:02:10

I get a waft of it every so often. Usually from students walking past in the street.

There was one particularly strong one a few weeks ago, the lad smoking skunk was far ahead of me. Subtle it was not.

chandellina Fri 08-Feb-13 21:00:32

I wouldn't say there's been a huge change. I live in a gritty part of south London and smell it on the street maybe once a month.

NuzzleMyScratch Fri 08-Feb-13 20:59:42

Love that description Isla

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Fri 08-Feb-13 20:57:54

Yes, smoky and herbal, that's how I'd put it.

It's much stronger now than it was in the 60s and 70s. That's why I think it's so associated with the psychosis. My brother has schizophrenia and he took shit loads of drugs in his teens and early twenties. I know it didn't necessarily cause it, but it's enough to make me wonder.

Yamyoid Fri 08-Feb-13 20:55:06

Maybe the police don't bother.

Yamyoid Fri 08-Feb-13 20:53:02

Hang around not hand.

NuzzleMyScratch Fri 08-Feb-13 20:52:54

When I dabbled as a teenager we never would've smoked it outside. The houses must've smelt funky though.

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