By echo - 11/05/2016 18:59 - United States - Schaumburg
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You are a good person but I don't think your friend would use the money very wisely...
I know he is a pot head. He rents someone's basement and lives there with his parents, who are old and retired. His mom has kidney failure and needs dialysis treatments. And he makes little more than minimum wage. His priority was, is, and always will be smoking pot. He would rather not pay rent and get evicted than to skip his weekly purchase of weed. When he was unemployed, he takes his dad's retirement benefits to buy his "medicine". I don't see it as enabling more than as trying to slip him some cash to take care of his parents.
You did a good thing OP but does this mean that if your girlfriend hadn't been with you, you would have accepted the ride while he was stoned? Honestly, he may be your friend but he is not worth the risk.
If I were you, I'd stop funding his drug habit. He's poor because he uses his money for weed. If he stopped smoking some, he'd have more money for other things and could possibly have a better chance at getting a job. Sometimes as a friend, you need to step up and slap them in the face to wake them up. A real friend knows when to stand up when they know something is wrong. Driving while under the influence is dangerous for everyone. And don't tell me weed doesn't influence your actions, because it does.
It's Illinois, from my understanding it is still illegal there. It seems he'd never pass a piss test if he smokes so much. And it is stated he is poor, yet obviously he smokes a lot. So yeah, that's probably at least some of his issue. He also turned down an offer of money for a simple job because he couldn't smoke while doing it. Yeah, his smoking weed is most likely his issue.
Perhaps he could turn his habit into a profitable business. . . Granted, not a legal one
I work in the transportation industry and it saddens me to hear that some people need to be stoned and driving, intoxicated driving is dangerous no matter the substance. being in an altered state of mind begins the wheel can cost you, your loved ones, or random people their lives. yes have fun drink, smoke a joint or two but don't operate tons of metal while under the influence of any altering substance. OP I'm glad you've set a standard for your loved ones. and there's always alternatives to get where you need to go.
Not to mention cannabis stays in your system for days after you've partaken. Someone could have had his last joint two days ago and still fail a piss test. Not sure how it works for blood tests, though. Wonder if they'll be able to do a breath test for pot the way they do for alcohol.
$150 for a ride to the airport? Any chance the job offer is still open?
Where I live now and where I grew up, it's a $150 job, for sure, depending on the airport. Shorter flights give you an option, but most long distance and all international flights left you with one choice. I grew up where most flights had to go out of LAX and asking someone to fight through that traffic after driving for nearly two hours is a lot to ask. We don't live quite that far from the airport we'd have to use now, but you do have to pass through one of the largest cities in the country to get to it so they have to fight through traffic here too. Depending on the length of the trip too, you might pay a lot less for someone to take you to the airport and pick you up when you get back than if you were to leave your car at the airport.