In the past, I was an avid smoker and loved it more than almost anything in life. I felt like it made everything so much clearer and easier to do. I never believed it was a gateway drug and led to other hard drugs and I still don't. It is in my opinion a gateway to other addictions and habits. I had a grow operation with a friend and as soon as I had kicked the need to smoke, he stopped being my friend and screwed me over. I lost around 3000 dollars. I have let go of the money but I finally see what it was doing to me. The world is constantly changing and I found out that smoking weed was keeping me from changing with it. I know this because I still smoke every once in a while and I get a new feeling each time. My friend was just like me, always wanting weed. Then he started getting money from the weed which led to him buying more and more things like video games and pieces. I know this is an addiction because he was really close to me yet continued to screw over our business arrangements and the greed finally overtook him.