OPINION: It’s hardly shocking to admit to smoking weed.
In fact, it’s far more surprising to people when I admit that I haven’t. People look at me like I’m either crushingly straitlaced or just baldly lying.
But I’m definitely the outlier here. A whopping 80 per cent of us have tried weed before we hit 21, according to the NZ Drug Foundation. And among adults who smoke dope regularly, 87 per cent have no level of concerns about it. And that’s because, if we’re being honest, smoking dope carries about the same moral weight in New Zealand as peeing in the shower. Nearly everyone does it, they just don’t admit to it in polite situations.
A decade ago, the only person likely to advocate legalising it would have been Nandor Tanczos. Now it’s acquired more trouser-suited champions like Aunty Helen (who, while not…