You are absolved :). I, myself am pleased to see such an open and fair conversation on this topic.
The stereotyping is simply funny to me.
Me, I smoke almost every day. After my work is done, before I go home, I vaporize a bit in my office and chill. This can mean calm reflection, hacking on some piece of annoying code or reading a language guide. I don't eat cheezy-poofs, although Nutella and apple slices on an english-muffin may be the ultimate stoner indulgence food.
I don't drive high or drunk and I don't expose others to my use unless they ask to be included.
I have kids, so I don't use at home, but I am truthful with my kids and I am consistent in my message to them: Using cannabis or any other intoxicant is an age-appropriate thing. They are still gaining the basic experiences that will lead them through life. They are not ready for pot or alcohol. Openness is my chosen approach and it seems to work in my situation
14 states are currently under voter approved decriminalization and 13 have voter approved medi-pot laws, MA and MI being the most recent additions.
California collected > $100mm in tax revenue from medical users in 2007.
We are on the cusp of change in these laws, but people need to be ready to be responsible for their own choices.