WHEN WE STARTED TALKING WITH TEENAGERS ABOUT POT, WE HEARD ONE REQUEST MORE THAN ANY OTHER.
You told us you wanted to hear from people who had used weed when they were younger and could talk about the impact it had on their lives. Below are some of their stories, plus new stories and images submitted by Oregon teens. Check out what they have to say about weed and what it means to Stay True to You. There’s even an opportunity to share your story, too.
"I stay true to myself through my style and self-expression, I don't need pot to put me in a box. Some people think because of the way I look that I must smoke pot. I like proving them wrong, and breaking the stereotype."
"Honestly, marijuana doesn't do much for me. It sort of just blurs the world around you. I have too much to do, I have to stay focused on those goals. Pot passes the time, I'd much rather be making quality memories."
"fear comes and goes, it stops and slows.
like bleeding, like dying, from laughing to crying.
stay real, stay true, be happy, be you.
dont hurt, dont fight, smile soft, endless delight.
why care, stay strong, in the end, nothings wrong."
"Sure, I smoked pot as a kid. I would go back and change that if I could. When I look back at those times...it's not like I don't remember anything, I just wasn't doing anything memorable. It's a lot easier to stay focused on my goals and the people in my life now. Cutting out pot made that clearer."
"I smoked pot all through high school and college. I realize now I did it more to fit in than anything. I didn't actually like the effects; the haze, the laziness, but I did it because everyone around me was. I still wonder today how much more I could have accomplished by now if I wasn't just wasting all those years on pot and trying to impress people that weren't even worth impressing."
"I saw my older brother smoke pot at an early age. It made me think it was chill and fun, because I honestly just wanted to be like him. But as I got older I realized that pot wasn't getting me anywhere and I decided to change my ways and completely turned my life around."
But that's not the whole story. Now we want to hear from you. Tell us...
How does weed affect your life? How does it affect your friends or your family? If you don’t use marijuana, what are your reasons? What impact would using pot have on your grades, your relationships, or your future goals?
Everybody has a story. What’s yours?