yeah, there's a difference when talking about adults making informed decisions about drug use - including illicit, legal, and prescribed - and kids doing it. But how do we keep kids off any of this stuff when, simply put, it is basically everywhere? I'm glad I don't have to deal with this and offspring personally, but my hope would be that I could make a child understand that all kinds of substances have effects on the brain - more use, more effects - and these effects are much more concerning on a developing brain. Hell, way back when I was a kid, I wasn't allowed things like coffee because it wasn't good for kids! How things have changed there! I'm surprised Starbucks isn't opening franchises in the schools at this point. BTW there were no vending machines selling sodas back then either though I had plenty of it available at home.
The other thing, I simply can't get worked up about the dangers of medical marijuana when we're looking at this so-called crisis related to opioids. And now that I've had experience with both - and yes, the opioids were long-term, prescribed use that I was intended to use for the rest of my life. UGH! The stories about how that 'legal' prescribed drug messed with my head, life, and overall health and it was certainly a lot harder to divorce than anything else I've ever used (including tobacco).
So yes, the reason why I posted that link was precisely because it talks about the relative risks and isn't some silly "weed is totally benign" garbage piece. (And yes, I even checked the credibility of the website before posting given the current climate of fakery masquerading as news and information).
However, it's just too clear to me that the War on Drugs has failed in any other goal than to see an underclass incarcerated at increasingly high rates. We need to find another solution.
And as others have said, no one really bats an eyelash when someone says, "What a miserable day! I need a drink. Several, actually." Prohibition didn't change that - in fact, with the Depression, people wanted to drink to forget that much more.
So the real question should be what are people so desperately trying forget that they turn to whatever substance? Maybe we need to be addressing those issues and let the drugs sort themselves out.