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Hey Americans! 
21st-Sep-2009 09:42 pm
Hello Southern Neighbours, (can you tell I'm not from the U.S. from my kooky spelling?)

How strict are the pot laws in the state where you live? Do you have the freedom to smoke in public? Can you buy from your dealer, without worry or fear? How do you feel about the pot laws in your country?

As a Canadian, I feel lucky, in the sense that I can smoke a joint on my patio, or even on the street. I can visit my local head shop to buy whatever I need, or visit a pot cafe to grab some lunch, and smoke a J. I can be picked up by a police officer (not that it happens often!:P) and not have to worry if I have a pipe on me, a joint, or rolling papers. We used to be decriminalized (not fully legalized) but since Stephen Harper became our Prime Minister, our decriminalization has been under dispute. However, as a country, we are relaxed. As long as you don't have a multi-million dollar grow-op, there are no worries.

I have been to Amsterdam, and although marijuana is decriminalized, they have strict public smoking policies. You cannot smoke on the street. You need to stay indoors, at the coffee shops. Although I did get the best vaporizer hit of my life in a pot museum!

Just so I don't seem totally North American-centric here, if you live in another country, what are your pot laws like? How do you feel about them? I'd be very interested in hearing other views and experiences.

Thanks for reading, and happy smoking!
22nd-Sep-2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I live in the USA, but I live in California! Where maybe I can't smoke a joint on my porch or have a pipe on my person, but there are dispensaries just about every 15 feet. And it is certainly no big deal to get caught with anything.
23rd-Sep-2009 05:06 am (UTC)
Do you know anyone that has been caught with anything?
23rd-Sep-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, small amounts and it was confiscated.
23rd-Sep-2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
hah! sometimes I love cops.
25th-Sep-2009 02:14 am (UTC)
That is, they gave your friends a slap on the wrist. Nice of them.

My buddy and I were making a lot of noise one 2am Wednesday morning on the roof of his house watching a meteor shower. The police came and basically just told us to smoke less pot. It was pretty hilarious. My friend who answered the door looked BLAZED.
23rd-Sep-2009 05:09 am (UTC)
I'm in CA as well. There are plenty of cannabis clubs but you need to have a "medical condition" to be allowed in and that costs about $150. For us healthy/frugal folk, it's easy enough to find what you need as long as you know someone.

Attitude-wise people range from avid smokers to conservative. I definitely do not talk about this stuff openly as some people still form a negative opinion very quickly when they find out that someone smokes. Yet some people who you think would be this way totally enjoy smoking.
23rd-Sep-2009 05:58 am (UTC)
I live in the midwest. Wisconsin. The cops here will either ticket you, arrest you, or steal your shit and keep it for themselves. It varies on the officer and the city. There are some places you can get away with it more easily. It's kind of messed up/corrupt.
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