I’m 44……..I’ve now been drug free for 44 days after almost 30 years of smoking weed every day. EVERY DAY. At the age of 23/24 I was consuming upwards of 8 grams a day along with a steady flow of bourbon, acid, and anything else. I’m not going to tell you that I feel better for it, I’m not going to dwell on the thousands of dollars I’ve smoked over the past 3 decades. I’m not looking for any kind of retribution; I don’t apologise for living my life. In the old days; the “Mounty” days, I was renowned for “not giving a fuck” and while that was a great way to live at the time, it also brought about some very hard realities and some drastic, life altering decisions. I’m not entirely sure why I’m deciding to lay all this out on a social platform; maybe I need some reassurance from friends and family, maybe I just want to explain myself to those that had no idea. No idea I was reliant on an illegal substance while I was working for you, or training your kids to play soccer, or playing bass in your band, or grabbing a high distinction for some garbled essay at uni. The past is the past, and I’m still here and the future is all that matters to me. Part of me is so proud of being able to kick this shit cold turkey, but that “rebel without a clue” part of me will probably always want to smoke on as a small and insignificant protest towards the powers that be. Addiction is fucked; you’ll break that shit….. only when you’re ready. Pete.