I grew up in a very strict home and there were certain topics that were off limits.
- My parents are very conservative and didn’t allow any sort of drug or alcohol use.
They even told us that they expected us to continue this once we moved out. Of course, like any child raised in this strict of an environment, my brother and I both went on a rebellious journey when we left for college. This was a huge disappointment to our parents and it caused a strained relationship that still exists today. I didn’t help matters when I graduated either. I earned my degree in horticulture and I went on to work at a research facility in Colorado. As most people know, this state was among the first to legalize the use of mairjuana for both medical and recreational use. When I took the job I knew that I would be on a team that was working on new strains of the plant to help give relief to pain symptoms. I knew that I could help to make a difference in the quality of life for these people, but, I also knew that I dreaded calling my parents to tell them about the amazing job I had gotten. I knew that I would not get the congratulations that I deserved for getting such a good job right out of college. Instead, I would get a lecture on how marijuana was a dangerous substance and that they did not condone the use of it for medical or any other reason. My parents only view the use of any controlled substance as an illegal act and will never condone its use no matter how beneficial it has been proven to be.