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

(40 Posts)
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?

Dolallytats Fri 08-Feb-13 20:39:40

No they don't!! It's stinks and I hate the 'don't care' attitude. I can't help thinking (and this could be me getting very over-dramatic!!), that it's just another indication that society is going to the dogs.

GentlyGentlyOhDear Fri 08-Feb-13 20:40:10


My neighbours do it with the windows wide open and the smell very obviously billowing into the street (and my house grr!).

Yamyoid Fri 08-Feb-13 20:41:57

I was just thinking of this subject today and remembering my parents taking me on CND demos when I was a young child. When I was about 12 I went to an anti Gulf War rally and the smell in the air instantly took me back to those childhood marches. The penny dropped that the smell was cannabis.

So in the late 70s/early 80s people were smoking weed in public, even if it was just at events such as political rallies or music festivals. Perhaps there's now a broader section of society that uses it.

spanky2 Fri 08-Feb-13 20:42:37

In the early 90s I saw a man roll a joint on platform 4of Reading station .

timidviper Fri 08-Feb-13 20:43:02

I lead a very sheltered life and don't know what it smells like blush

NuzzleMyScratch Fri 08-Feb-13 20:44:30

See I'd accept that Yamyoid, but wouldn't class those events as 'public' as walking down the street on your lunch break perhaps.
I was driving behind a van last summer and it reeked. Funnily enough it was sign written as a gardening firm called......" Weed Busters" grin

3monkeys3 Fri 08-Feb-13 20:45:50

The guy in our local shop often stinks of it. It used to bother me, but I've got used to it, which I suppose says something in itself!

thenightsky Fri 08-Feb-13 20:46:29

God I feel old. I just worked out it must be approx 30 years since I got a whiff sad

splashymcsplash Fri 08-Feb-13 20:47:56

I also live in London and smell it daily on the streets/parks.

My neighbours also smoke it in their flat on a daily basis with their 3 month old baby in the flat - I really find that pretty immoral but what can I do?

gallivantsaregood Fri 08-Feb-13 20:48:09

I learned on Wednesday that 90% ( yes 90) of young people seen by CAMHS( child and adolescent mental health service) in Fife for psychosis are regular cannabis users!!!!Shocking statistic!

IslaValargeone Fri 08-Feb-13 20:49:11

I too have led a very sheltered life and had no idea what it smelt like until a few weeks ago. I was walking behind two blokes when my dc commented that she could smell 'Earl grey tea and funny herbs' coming from the mens' ciggies.
Dh then told us both what it was.
Dc then went all Mary Whitehouse, thinking it outrageous that at 10 years old she had been exposed to drugs.

NuzzleMyScratch Fri 08-Feb-13 20:49:46

My childminder's next door neighbour's house often smells of it. She (cm not neighbour) and I both stand there at pick up pretending that we don't smell it and not mentioning it.

Yamyoid Fri 08-Feb-13 20:51:01

grin weed busters.
I think yanbu, it definitely seems more common now. It's probably easier to get hold of now than it used to be [based on no facts whatsoever!] I think kids would hand around street corners smoking weed in the past but, for example, I've noticed a parent smoking it on the school run in the morning. However, I've no idea if that type of thing was going on 10 or 20 years ago.

NuzzleMyScratch Fri 08-Feb-13 20:51:36

I just don't understand how people aren't worried about being stopped by the police or something.

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.

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

Hang around not hand.

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

Maybe the police don't bother.

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.

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

Love that description Isla

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Its dealt in most school playgrounds sad

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...

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 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!

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?

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.

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 ;)

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...

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...

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

Me too stan sad

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.

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!

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

Our local councillor smokes it.... Brazenly.

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.

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.

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