New Year, Same Me: 3 Reasons Why I’m Not Giving Up Weed this Year (or ever)

2019, and Nothing’s Changed.

I’ve been seeing it everywhere, and it’s been spreading like wildfire, the phrase “New Year, New Me,” and many other cliché phrases people tout at the start of every new year. It’s no surprise to me because setting goals are commonplace come time to ring in the new year. What did surprise me was a Facebook status that read, “New Year, New Me” and the person who proceeded to perform a tangential, didactic rant about how people in America should consider it a priority to stop using cannabis in 2019.

It’s a new year, and everyone has things that they want to change, stop, modify, or start, which is great. Additionally, everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, however, in 2019, smoking cannabis is something that I will not change. I refuse to give up cannabis this year, let me tell you why. 

Some Things Don’t Need Changing

The saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the motto I live by and I’m sticking to it! Whether medicinal or recreational, cannabis has many uses and benefits. Anxiety mitigation is one of cannabis’ many benefits. If cannabis helps rid my anxiety spells, why would I stop using it?

It Doesn’t Define Who I Am

Many people often confuse cannabis users with outdated stereotypes and erroneous stigmas. I am sure that you’ve heard some of the derogatory terms: unemployed, bum, lazy and slow, to name a few. I’ll be a college graduate in a few months and being a “bum” or being “lazy” has most definitely not been a part of my experience on my journey to graduation day (whilst being a cannabis user by the way).

Positives Outweigh the Negatives

Usually, when people say “New Year, New Me” it’s because they want to eliminate something they view as a negative in their life from the previous year. Cannabis is something that has never been a negative in my life.

It’s totally okay to set goals and to want to better yourself in the upcoming year, but it’s also okay to keep some things the same. In addition, I’m excited to see where cannabis legislation and legalization is headed in the new year. Cheers to 2019!

New Year. Same Me.

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