I respect the ideas of people who choose to live rather pure or substance-free lifestyles. I however, choose to live a different lifestyle. I drink heavily at parties and smoke marijuana habitually with friends and have smoked 21x salvia twice. I don't regret any of it.
I think drinking is quite a normal thing for youth to do, as long as you don't operate machinery while drunk. I also think experimenting with soft drugs is commonplace in todays society as it shows a lot about your personality, mainly accepting the decision to lightly damage some physical aspects of your body for psychological happiness, fulfillment or adventure. I also think of it as a way to satisfy curiosity, meet new people, and share amazing mind-altering moments with close friends. I enjoy both drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana from numerous devices for both the thrill and taste. No matter how much i drink or smoke, i enjoy it and will probably continue to do it for a couple more years. I believe marijuana should definitely be legalized to help aid the thousands of people who can use it for cheaper and more accessible medicinal purposes as well as creating much needed federal revenue and jobs, lowering crime rates, and allowing the safe growing and transportation of it.
As for behavior, I advise people to smoke and drink but don't force people to do. I find it a recreational and soothing way to deal with stress or other negative impacts in your life. I have two close friends who drink heavily but have never smoked anything in their life (although one of which who sells it daily but doesn't smoke it), and i respect that decision. My parents have consumed marijuana in their youth as well as some of my friends parents. One of my friends parents continues to smoke it today and knows their kids do it as well. Hell, one of my friends got a everything-about-marijuana book for Christmas this year from his mom. Some of my friends parents completely oppose the consumption of it and have grounded their kids numerous times because of it. Some parents let their kids do it, some parents completely oppose it. My parents would probably kill me if they find out i smoked or drank, but i don't care, its my decision. As for spending money, i do spend some money on drinking and smoking, but not as nearly as much as all my other friends. I am actually a 17 year old virgin though, but that doesn't bother me that much. I respect women a lot more then my friends do. Most of my friends fuck like they take viagra by the hour, but don't scorn me for being a virgin. It'll happen when it happens is what i say.
There are a lot of people in this world with a lot of different personalities and viewpoints. And i fucking love mine.