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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?

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.

spongebobsquareeyes Fri 08-Feb-13 21:06:57

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.

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