I was a sign maker in 1989-91, mostly sheet metal forming, some vinyl. In 1991 I was arrested for posessing a small amount of pot (2 joints). The cops thought it was funny. They could tell me they had me going to known dealers no less than 10 times under observation. My regular dealer was popped, so I had to find a new one. They figured I'd stop. I guess I actually lead them to another one. He was popped later in the day I was. I never went to jail. I did spend 6 months under house arrest, much like Martha Stewart is now. My name was in the police blotter and my job fired me. My lawyer said i better find work before my trial or I would surely go to jail. I ended up working for a box and cardboard company strapping bundles together. Not a good job. I did that job for about 5 years. Then I washed cars. I got married to a successful career woman, despite having been a bunch of minimum wage jobs. In 1999 we were able to afford a house, still worked lousy jobs. Tried three or four times to get a sign or sheet metal job, always turned down. In 2003 I bought a used plotter. In 2004 I took a part time job in a well known retailer (not Wal-Mart, but close) and have been doing signs part time since. I hope to have my own shop and just do signs within a year. Even when I was under house arrest, I never though that the conviction would follow me for so long... I'd say even today it hurts me. I always tell people, don't be stupid, a little pot can ruin your life. I'm still trying to get somewhere.