Yes, because it's illegal. Just because you haven't gotten caught doesn't mean a crime hasn't been committed. Absence of sentence does not equal absence of guilt.
There's no need to justify your choice by propping up all the other things you have done right. If you feel that strongly about it - continue to use it. You don't have to justify your sins to us - can we hold you accountable? Can we put you in jail? A lot of us have lived just as virtuously as you have and still managed not to do drugs. It's not a question of being better than someone else - who are you competing with anyway? The question is whether or not you're being the best person you can be. If you're living up to the best standards and best potential you have set for yourself. If doing marijuana justifies that for you - then how can we tell you any different???
All I can say is - doing drugs has never been something I've ever been interested in because when I think about an intelligent, responsible, self-loving, mature, self-accountable, self-aware person - a habitual drug user doesn't come to mind. I also don't drink. I've never been arrested. I don't believe in sex before marriage. I don't smoke and have never smoked a cigarette - nor would I want to. I've never even been drunk and don't plan on getting drunk. I've always been a good student. Responsible and respectful. I swear only occasionally and only if I'm writing a character that swears (because I don't like foul language). Okay, and?? (you might say)
And that's exactly the point. What other people do isn't the problem. It seems like you're asking the question because on some level you feel it's wrong to be a pothead. And if so - you can take steps to fix that. You may not have gotten caught so far, but it only takes one dirty drop and then your reputation is ruined and you're possibly out of a job. Course - they can't fire you if you confess to being a druggie and needing help to break free, but would you really want to put yourself in that kind of a position to keep a job? Do you really wanna be in a room explaining to your boss that s/he's gonna have to help you break your drug habit? I didn't think so. Why why take a chance like that? The only person you hurt or help is yourself.
What does your life direction tell you? What does research tell you? Your life (God willing) will consist of many more years beyond these - what sort of future are you making for yourself? Do you want to be that old man who is tortured by his fried brain cells? Do you want to be that old man who can't remember why the good times were good? Do you wanna be plagued by regrets when you find out your drug use has caused irreparable damage? Are these present moments of drug induced comfort and haze worth all the future moments they may cost you? You are mortgaging your present with your future. Haven't we seen vividly how that works out? The American economy is an abject lesson in securing present pleasure without anticipating the costs that lie ahead. The choice is yours. What is your future worth? We see how much you value your life and your accomplishments now, in your youth, but how do you value your old age and your death?
All that being said, it's still a crime because the country or state you live in says it's so. So in one supreme case - you are being the opposite of the upstanding person you believe yourself to be. If your state is going to legalize it soon - then wait until they do and you can use with abandon, if that's what you want. The choice is yours. It always has been. It always will be. Be well.
OMG! I disagree with the comment above mine! No studies show long term effects of marijuana use?? Dude - it's a KNOWN carcinogen (has more carcinogens than tobacco!) AND it's a hallucinogen. People - if you choose to do drugs - that's on YOU. But DON'T be ignorant about what it is you're doing and how it effects you and others. Marijuana isn't a safe drug just because you choose to believe it is despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Stop passing the buck. I find it incredible that the same people who swear by eating healthy (like eating a cheeseburger is a death sentence) will be the same people who choose to snort/inhale/smoke/inject all manner of substances with no problem. Maybe this will help for all the health conscious people - substitute smoking pot for eating a big mac. Every time you wanna light up - instead of doing it, go to McDonald's and eat a DQP w/ Cheese! If you choose NOT to eat the DQP w/ Cheese - you CANNOT blaze up. And any and every time you light up - YOU HAVE TO EAT A MCDONALD'S DOUBLE QUARTER POUNDER WITH CHEESE! So if you light up like three times a day or something - that's some serious McDs! Honestly, I don't see the difference between fast food and drugs for people who make one seem more acceptable than the other. One cheeseburger won't alter your body, but one joint can alter your brain. Go figure.
I appreciate your candor. Thanks for responding to each of us individually, and on the contrary - just because I don't do drugs doesn't mean I know nothing about them, sir. I was a substance abuse prevention counselor for years working with high risk teens and young adults. That's all we dealt with - teens, young adults, and hard core users at high risk for additction and HIV/AIDS infection. I have dealt with smokers to potheads to heroine and cocaine addicts. I used to coordinate a needle exchange program so I know even better than you what excuses people use and how they try to justify their behaviors.Their decisions had nothing to do with me and everything to do with them. Likewise, your decision has nothing to do with me and everything to do with you. So you can take what I say however you like. You're the one asking the question, not me. I'm just offering my opinion. But I certainly know what the research says and I certainly know the people I've met and counseled. And if that's all I know - that's enough for me. Tell me this - do you believe the government research linking obesity with fast food? Or diabetes with sweets overloads? Or cancer with cigarette smoking? Or alcohol with fetal alcohol syndrome? Or drinking with impaired driving ability? And if you can believe the research and the government with respect to those things - why doubt them when it comes to marijuana? Hey the choice is yours. That's my bottom line of what I said. At the end of the day you can't get around the fact that using marijuana is committing a crime. And when you do it, regardless of whether or not you feel entitled to do so, you are willfully breaking the law. Drinking is legal. Smoking pot is illegal. In any case, both you and the drunk neighbor will be held accountable if either of you knowingly and willingly choose to impair your own judgment thereby putting your and other people's lives at risk. The weight of that gives some of us considerable pause. Others not. Apparently.
You will do what you want to do. But whatever you do - if it increases the chances (even remotely) that someone else could get hurt - I hope you're smart enough to stay home or wherever you are until the effect wears off. If ignorant drunkards could just internalize that basic decency this world might be a better place. Whatever you do - do it with some measure of respect and responsibility towards your fellow man. That's all I ask.