What I FEEL today is that we as a society have been too quick to criminalize substance abuse and addiction instead of funding and providing treatment and recovery from them. We have repeatedly ignored the growing body of research that monies spent on incarceration would be better utilized on prevention, education, treatment and recovery programs for those who struggle with addiction
However what I KNOW today is that for me and for my son David, marijuana was a gateway drug that led to the deepening of our addiction. For me marijuana use contributed to an adulthood of abusing and using alcohol and other substances to excess. For David it cost him his life and robbed those who loved him of his light and his love.