I am allergic to marijuana. Rare but true. If you come into my store, after having smoked a joint or have it in your purse or wallet and I smell it, I will have a reactive asthma attack.
Do you know what they are like? Not being able to breathe, feeling your throat close off, crouching every time you try to take a breath, pain in your chest and ribs that lasts for a couple of days, having to take medication every four hours just to get rid of the tightness in your chest?
After an asthma attack, it brings your lungs’ tolerance down, so that all of a sudden other scents are irritating them. And every time you are exposed to the allergen that caused the attack, it make you more susceptible.
To make matters worse, the last person that caused me to have an attack did so when my son was in the store. Imagine what was going through his head. His mother could hardly breathe because some person ignored the sign on the door and came in anyway. He was angry, scared and confused as to why someone would have that little consideration for another person.
Do you go into the schools with peanuts, even though there are signs warning you about the allergy? Why, when it is illegal to do so, do you drive to my store and then enter it, even when I have signs up? How dare you?!?! You leave me gasping for breath, having to buy medication so I can serve you, in some cases having to lose hours of work to go to the hospital, just to watch you drive away without a care in the world! Have some respect for the people in this community. If you must smoke that crap, stay at home! Do not subject us to that stench!
For those of you who smoke pot and do have that consideration of not coming in the store, or have told other people not to, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. My children thank you too!
M. Riki Routley