A viewer left a note by my video, "What's Wrong with Smoking?" He asks, "What do Jews think about marijuana?"
Obviously, everyone will have his or her own opinion about marijuana. I will give you mine.
Besides the obvious health issues, such as marijuana depositing ten times more tar in the lungs than tobacco, my real issue with marijuana is that it fools you into thinking that things are great, even when they are not. So what? What's wrong with thinking that things are good when they are not?
I have a friend who has been going to the Kotel every day stoned (smoked up) for some 30 years! He stands close to the Kotel with his eyes half closed, his mouth hanging open a little, turning his head slowly from side to side, marveling at the sight. Sometimes he even drools. After a while, he looks at you with total disbelief, and asks, "Don't you see it, man?"
When you get stoned you get the munchies. Do you know what the munchies are? When you are not stoned you pick up a chocolate bar, and you take a bite. You like it. It's good. You may even take another bite, or if you have room you may even eat the entire chocolate bar. When you have the munchies your taste buds are so inflated, that you quickly eat the entire chocolate bar, and if there are another five chocolate bars sitting there on the table, you eat them too! It's great, man! Wow! But you know what? You are fooling yourself. Your animal inclination has been exaggerated, and you are eating things that you don't need, and in truth, do not even want.
Even this is not really so bad. The thing that hurts me about my friend, who goes to the Kotel stoned, is that he has the munchies on the Kotel stones and he thinks that he is experiencing the holiness of the Place! So what?
The problem is, since he is getting so "far off," stoned on the stones every day, he has never done the work that he was supposed to be doing all these years in order to see the true Holiness that is actually here. He is satisfied with the stones! What a loss. He is in the same spiritual place he was thirty years ago, but he thinks that he is so, so, very high! To me, this is worse than all of the other problems with dope.
Today, the people who use marijuana object if you call it dope. They insist on the more correct labeling of the much more dangerous opium and such as dope. But in the Sixties, when almost everyone smoked it, we all called it dope. Not because it was in the category of opiate opium, but because when you got stoned, you acted like a dope.