Far from "Cheech," and definitely not "Chong"
The chemist, surprisingly, often finds weed as a gateway drug to inspiration.
"I feel like normally, you'd consider professionals in creative fields -- like design, or writing -- using marijuana for work. I obviously never smoke while I'm on the clock. But I'll be looking at work on the weekends, and will smoke. It lets me look at problems in a different way, from a different perspective."
The broker, in his late 20s with a high-stress job that often leads colleagues to varying degrees of work-related burnout, finds marijuana as a safe outlet for blowing off steam and relieving stress.
"People in my line of work wind-down in a lot of ways, and some of it is really self-destructive. Sex, alcohol, gambling -- all of those are really dangerous. My release is sitting at home and smoking a little bit and watching Netflix... maybe ordering a pizza. And I'm the one who's doing something illegal. That's kind of messed up, right?"
The 75-year-old, who (full-disclosure) is one of my friend's Nanas, says she uses weed as a way to ease some of her "achy joints," and frankly, because she "just enjoys it."
"I enjoyed it when I was younger. Now I'm old, and I'm retired. I want to enjoy it some more. I've earned this," she told me. I have to say I agree.
The chemist is in his mid-30s, and has a wife and a two-year-old son. Still, he and his wife both use marijuana... responsibly.
"Look, I never smoke with my son in the house. We get a sitter, and go to a friends place -- or even our own place, if he is somewhere else, and smoke then. I don't see it as any worse -- and probably better -- than a couple hiring a sitter, and going out (to) a night club, or whatever. This is how it is now. This is our new normal."