At Mont Rigaud last Saturday, two young men were sitting in a car. The vehicle’s doors were open, the trunk was popped and there they were smoking pot. It was obvious. You could smell it. A few minutes later they picked up their snowboards and headed for the slopes.
This is the scene that greeted my husband, my 5-year-old son and I as we were walking to our car after a morning of skiing. They weren’t hiding under the stairs or tucked away in a dark corner of a parking lot. It was 1 p.m., on a sunny day. Their doors and trunk were wide open.
We walked past them, opened the doors to our car, which was parked right next to theirs, loaded our car with our skis and closed our doors. I turned tomy husband, looked at him in disbelief and shook my head. At this point, I am bothered that this is happening right next to my car in plain daylight. At a small local ski hill!
Then, I turn my head to the right, see them close the doors to their car, pick up their boards and head for the hill. I can’t remember exactly what I said out loud to my husband. I remember making an effort to filter my language as my 5-year old was sitting in the back seat, but I was fuming.
It begs the question: How safe are we while skiing? And better yet, why did I just grumble a few words of disbelief and drive home?
What should we have done? Run after them? And then what? Tell them they should go home? Tell them it’s one thing to get high, but another to put the safety of others in jeopardy? Should we have called the police? Not sure they would have done much.
That evening we were at a dinner party and I mentioned what happened. A few people looked at me and said that it wasn’t a big deal. They used to smoke up before skiing. They used to smoke up and drive their cars.
The documentation available on the Net about marijuana use states that the marijuana available today is as much as 10 times more potent than marijuana used in the early 1970s (which is around when the “50+ year-olds” at our table were smoking up)….
It’s widely known that marijuana reduces the ability to do things which require concentration, swift reactions, and coordination. Experiments have shown that marijuana affects a wide range of skills. Thinking and reflexes are slowed. Smoking pot and skiing (or boarding) is a dangerous combination.
If I saw someone running around with a gun in their hand, I would call the police. Why is it that I simply grumbled for three minutes and drove away?