Jade’s marijuana lifestyle robbed her of the ability to choose between right & wrong
My name is Jade, I come from a nice family, and was born in 1955. My father was a scientist and we had a nice life until he had a heart attack at 34 then died suddenly at 36. Our family was left grief stricken. I was 13 and this was the worst thing I could imagine happening. My mother, brother and sister were all close and alike, but I was a lot like my father, so that left me odd man out. I was unbelievably sad and bereft and I couldn’t get over it. I had been an A student but from that point on my grade point average went down.
When I was 16 I met a boy and we started dating. About a year after we started seeing one another he introduced me to marijuana. I knew my mother would not want me to smoke it, but my older brother had started smoking it about a year after our father died, and he told me it was perfectly safe and wonderful and that Mom and Dad were wrong when they had advised us to stay away from pot and drugs. After breaking up with the boyfriend I continued with my marijuana lifestyle. Of course, that meant when I dated I always chose men who smoked pot, too. I couldn’t smoke pot and do well in college, so I dropped out of when I was 19 and got married, then divorced due to abuse. This began a long journey into darkness. I had a daughter with a boyfriend, but ended up raising her by myself. During the next 8 years I worked, stayed alone, and then began dating again.