First, it's got to be okay. Open, if possible. Discreet, but not hidden.
I like to smoke weed sometimes, yes. Other times I just do it. It's dangerous that way. I can handle it; that's my business.
My personal matters aside, (I smoke less here than in the states,) Dutch law tolerates the use of cannabis. Whether or not to use it or whether to use it responsibly is an individual's decision.
This is not the case in America nor mostly anywhere else. I'm not saying "check your local laws," because I don't recommend weed. Weed is not safe; it's potentially dangerous.
The greatest danger in most places could be that of getting caught. Whether jail, or fines, or both or a heap of shame; or all three, an innocent person can get in trouble for a bag of weed.
In Holland, where cannabis is tolerated, an innocent civilian truly feels innocent. It is a simple but remarkable pleasure to be carrying, or sitting at a coffeeshop's patio, for that matter, when the cops pass by, going about their business.
It's a relief and a pleasure to know that they don't care.
31 October, 2000