In 1998, I was 16-years-old. I smoked a bit of weed here and there, like nearly all teenagers, and although it wasn’t technically legal (even then, Canada was pretty ok with weed), it wasn’t exactly illegal. Well, maybe it was, but everyone kind of ignored it, cops included. That’s because marijuana shouldn’t be illegal–and I’m not particularly biased, because I don’t smoke it anymore. It makes me feel like shit, so I stopped. I just prefer not throwing up and immediately falling asleep. But that doesn’t mean it should be illegal.
When I was 16, a Canadian snowboarder named Ross Rebagliati won an Olympic gold medal for snowboarding. At the time, I was really into snowboarding, so it was exciting. Then Rebagliati tested positive for marijuana and had his medal taken away, which was dumb because smoking a joint the day before didn’t make him a better snowboarder. Then they gave it back to him, because marijuana wasn’t actually on the list of banned substances… yet. They didn’t waste much time in adding it, though.