There are legal drugs that are far more addictive and destructive than some of the illegal drugs. From Eric Peters at theburningplatform.com:
An irony of the War on Some Drugs is that legal drugs – most notoriously, the pain medication oxycodone – are more of an objective threat to people’s health than illegal ones like marijuana, which can be used to treat the same conditions, but without the life-threatening (and ending) downsides.
Opioids – which are derived from opium – are often prescribed as painkillers. They’re effective, but the downside is they are enormously addictive. And – unlike marijuana – they can literally kill you.
Marijuana is also a very effective pain killer – but without the lethal downsides.
It is impossible to “OD” on pot.
Or even to become addicted.
The worst thing that might happen is a bad case of the munchies – which is why marijuana is frequently used (and prescribed, in states where it’s legal) as an appetite stimulant for people undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer. It’s also very effective as a treatment for glaucoma; it reduces intra-ocular eye pressure – but without the problems of physical addiction or the potential to end up dead from an overdose.
These are among the reasons for the decriminalization of medical marijuana by several states, most notably Colorado and California.
If the argument is that marijuana can be abused, that argument applies even more to legal opioids, such as Oxycontin (the brand name for the opioid oxycodone). As an article in U.S. News by Adrianne Wilson Poe noted, “Opioid addiction . . . kills 115 people a day, more than gun violence or traffic accidents.”
As opposed to no people killed – ever – by medical marijuana.
Poe also cites the estimated $500 billion annually that opioid abuse costs the U.S. economy.
Whereas medical marijuana costs the U.S. economy . . . nothing.
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