Post # 1
In light of some of the threads brought up in the last couple of days, I became increasingly curious…
If you are a parent, or when you become a parent, would you rather your 16 year old child go out and smoke pot, or go out and drink alcohol? Enough that they were impaired. (Think about everything your 16 year old may be doing under these circumstances : driving, hanging out with those of the opposite sex, being out in public, having to get home by a certain time)
*Remember*, both are currently illegal.
Post # 3
Chances are they’ll do both! However, as the mother of grown up children I can only say that while I was reasonably tolerant of a bit of alcohol at parties – bear in mind that legal drinking age is 18 here in the UK – I was far less happy about the use of drugs. Not least because I didn’t want them drawn into the drug culture. Drug taking is ALWAYS illegal regardless of age. Drinking alcohol isn’t.
Post # 4
I voted for pot, just because of the statistics (alcohol related deaths vs pot related). This type of situation makes me glad I’m not having kids lol.
Post # 6
@KateByDesign: I don’t have children, I know my parents were tolerant of alcohol consumption and had the attitude that I’d rather know what you’re doing and who you’re with than lie to me. Again, Canada, drinking age is 19 not 21.
I’ve made poor judgement decisions under the influence of both, pot comes with less pain the day after though. I don’t know which i’d ‘prefer’ – probably pot as it has fewer side effects…i think…
Post # 7
I’ve never been stoned/high, so I’m not sure how to answer this.
But I know DH and I are both a little lewd and lacivious when drunk, and my BFF from college just wanted to eat chocolate cupcakes when she was stoned.
And I’d really rather her eat cupcakes than have sex… So I’m going with smoke pot?
(And so you know, saying that is killing me–my baby is still in my womb! She’s NEVER going to smoke pot or have sex, right?!)
Post # 9
@BrandNewBride: Haha I’m pregnant as well so don’t you worry. We’ll both have angels that never touch either. 🙂
Post # 10
Hmmm tough choice. However, most (not all) of the people I was around that smoked pot also did other drugs at some point (myself included). So in that case I’d vote for the alcohol. It also really depends on the situation. Binge drinking can end up being fatal but no one dies from sitting around smoking pot. Often I would drink at my friends house at 16 and stay the night there or walk home (lived close by) but there are more risks when you’re driving intoxicated. Being around a bunch of extremely drunk people is very different than being around a bunch of stoned people though.
Honestly…I made terrible choices when I was young around both drugs and alcohol so it’s hard for me to choose one over the other.
Most will end up doing both anyway. I don’t know anyone that smokes pot that doesn’t like to have a drink. We routinely smoked pot and drank at the same time.
Post # 11
Alcohol, only because I did it myself and grew out of it fast enough after a bad hangover. Meanwhile, all my pothead friends kept doing it for years and I hated what it did to them. Especially my deadbeat ex whom I loved to death but he couldn’t kick his pot habit that made him so unattractive to me, so lazy and just.. ugh!
So I’m biased, obviously… but I really hate pot, for having lived with someone who was addicted to it for years, while I had a drink from time to time and it didn’t affect my everyday life.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Clearly, I would rather neither because they both impair good decision making and are illegal. We’re trying our damndest to steer teen LK away from the mistakes we made as teens.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Pot, if drinking and driving were a real possibility… but pot use before the brain fully matures is pretty bad for you too :/ Ugh. Granted, I did both, haha.
Post # 14
Alcohol… I don’t raise no pot head. Theyd be ground a whole lot longer for pot then they would alcohol. I really don’t care if my 16 year old drinks… so long as they dont do anything else stupid. But I draw a line at drugs.
Post # 15
When I was growing up my parents had a much more European attitude regarding alcohol. If I wanted to have a little bit of wine at a nice dinner or a hot cocoa with schnapps at Christmas I was allowed. Because of that, when I was in high school and college I was never drawn to the irresponsible binge drinking that many American teens are. I think it’s when you make something so forbidden it gains that appeal. That’s why the Prohibition worked so well. That all being said, as long as my hypothetical children are educated, I’d prefer alcohol.
Post # 16
Trying to find an additional poll option for “Pot, if it were legal at 21”, without throwing off those who would vote for pot over alcohol anyways….