I'm working on a theory that all daily users have ADHD, what do you think? the rest of this opinion piece is written pretty much from the stance that I'm assuming the first statement is correct.... I've been connecting dots in non-traditional ways, and it seems to me a lot of stuff about ADHD is being kept from the public, but has been used by law enforcement, government, modern PR and the media to their own ends, and held up to the public as being weak in character and "in a bad way" because of the choices they have made, not because they were *abused as children or suffer from a disability which causes a brain chemistry problem known to be associated with lots of problems. I was recently talking to a school resource officer (cop at the high school) and he's a "true believer" (ie: being gay is a choice, pot use is not moral, ADHD people are no different from anybody else in that they have a choice every day as to what they are going to do). It made me think of when i was kicked out of high school for missing 45 days in the first semester of tenth grade. I guess in some basic ways I never recovered from that, tho I can see it much more clearly now that I know about the ADHD. One thing's for sure, I no longer think it was the pot that caused my downfall as a teenager or young adult, it was probably just along for the ride. So, I am wondering whether there is such intolerance of ADHD people because we're just annoying to be around, when we're not trying to control it, or whether the mis-information is the culprit. Perhaps it is Generational lies and prejudices which are being capitalized on by the government, media and hollywood? One thing seems for sure, and that is that the war on drugs is in effect a war specifically being waged against the people who were *abused as children, who have ADHD. And, our prison system is filling up with us...more than any other country on earth. We would be lead to believe this is due to our superior detecting, but perhaps it's because we grow more ADHD kids than anywhere else on earth (because we send more people out of the house and work more hours than any other western society). As stressed parenting becomes the norm, ADHD will continue to rise, and we need to prepare the public for the bumpy ride with the truth, and counter the bad light they've framed us in. I think we need to find a way to let the public know the truth. When little Johnny's late to school, no matter what discipline he's given, there's another reason, and it's not that he's got a weak character or makes poor choices, and we all need to think about whether we all need, or can be expected to, be held to the same measures in society given this simple truth. And, for thousands of years, we've been able to self-medicate and grow, but this right, that was in the Commons, was "stolen" for profit by the government and breweries, and forestry companies, and we need to fight to take it back, while building sympathy among the public, by building awareness about ADHD and all hidden diseases. Why does Turret's get such a good rap, and we're always the villains? EDIT: you may feel free to respond to anything, but I'd especially like to hear from people who toke every day who do not have ADHD or any other physical reason to self-medicate. *Dr. Gabor Mate says, "not bad parenting, stressed parenting," but also says, "we punish the people who were abused as children."