So many say the decriminalization of marijuana is necessary, and the war on drugs is a failure which hasn't achieved anything. The impression that government policy on cannabis was ignorant and irrational, gave rise to 14 states allowing sick people access to marijuana. The idea caught on in California, as well as Alaska, Maine, Michigan, and Montana. In 2009, approximately 75% of Americans thought doctors should be able to prescribe cannabis. But new evidence changed things. Even Obama made his position crystal clear by declaring cannabis use "entirely appropriate", and for physicians to prescribe cannabis if needed.
It turns out marijuana is much more dangerous than once thought. Exacerbating that problem human nature, if not properly directed, will always go with the path of least resistance. If no laws exist to keep one from using drugs, then more and more drugs will be used. To continue to get the same high, more and more drug intake must occur. The fallacy exists that victimless self-destructive behavior is enough punishment by itself, and pot should not be regulated. Funny how that doesn't seem to wash with spouses, family, friends, relatives, neighbors, fellow workers, car drivers, bus drivers, train engineers, airplane pilots...you name it.
Beware. Do not, I repeat, do not continue reading this column if you are a pot-head; tend to get emotionally disturbed at items you read but don't like; or have smoked cannabis very, very recently.