I think drug addiction is one of the greatest destroyers of mankind. I can think of several people in my personal life that have gone the way of hard drugs. http://media.musicfeeds.com.au/files/f6f70eb34c58cdcba2cc470e6e798185.png <a href="http://breakingbadfourpts.blogspot.com">Source</a> Just recently, I have seen a dear friend lose her manager job and lose the custody of her three children, because of a methamphetamine and heroin addiction. Before the Methamphetamine and heroin addiction, she was a serious pill popper, but she was able to hold onto her high paying job, but once she she started using Methamphetamine, she lost complete control of her life. Back in the mid 80s when I was introduced to drugs, it was cans of beer and bowls of Marijuana. I knew about the other drugs, but I was never introduced to cocaine or meth. I never saw a bag of heroin, but bags of Marijuana were everywhere. <center>http://assets.vice.com/content-images/contentimage/no-slug/239c2c2c5df85241d14a522896798bde.jpg</center> <center><a href="http://www.vice.com/read/i-just-want-my-big-bag-of-weed-back">Source</a></center> To be honest, I don't consider marijuana a drug, but almost a medicine. I loved smoking marijuana as a teenager and throughout my twenties, but it never led me down a road of hard drugs. So when I hear the words, "gateway drug", I never could agree with that. Not once during all my marijuana smoking years, did I ever crave a line a cocaine or a hit off a crack pipe. https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2015/03/19/08/scarface.jpg <a href=" https://www.google.com/search?q=scarface&oq=scarface&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l15.3856j0j4&sourceid=silk&ie=UTF-8#imgrc=sr4z9HzdV0Cr1M%3A">Source</a> I know a lot has to do with personality and personal belief or personal perception of what a drug is, but not once did I desire to lose control of my life with hard drugs. That's probably why I was never intoduced to anything more the marijuana, because I didn't desire to have anything more than the awesome high from some quality weed. http://i927.photobucket.com/albums/ad120/freak21192/0723001806.jpg <a href=" https://forum.grasscity.com/threads/joint-appreciation-thread.384747/page-41">Source</a> It has been years since I've smoked Marijuana, but I'm sure I will smoke it again. If I was able to go to #steemfest in Amsterdam, I'm sure I would of found my way to local cafe to smoke some skunk weed. I'm @runridefly, and I drink beer on occasion, but I would rather smoke a well rolled joint. Thank you for reading my story.