When marijuana was made illegal in the early 20th century, the group that made the biggest protest were doctors. They knew it was a pain-killer, a muscle relaxant, and that it induced sleep and increased appetite. And there were no side effects. Anyone whose brain wasn't completely closed, the way a bureaucrat and/or politician is, knew it never should have been illegal.
The State made it illegal because "minorities" were using the drug, and of course, if you made it illegal, the problem goes away.
Some years ago I slipped on a wet ramp and hit the ground at what felt like one hundred miles an hour. I was okay until I got up the next morning. I almost couldn't walk.
I went to a friend's house and explained the situation. We smoked a pea-sized bit.
The pain went away. It didn't go away completely, but I'd say 80% of it. And I could walk with very little pain. As I said, a muscle relaxer and a pain killer. I fell asleep with no problem that night, and woke up just fine. Maybe it has healing properties, too. These days, there are researchers investing these things.
I saw Reefer Madness at the drive-in when I was 19, with my girlfriend. I had spent my teenage years getting high on the weekends, and I knew the film was bullshit from beginning to end. Even then I thought, how can anyone not seen through the film?
It what happens when people believe government propaganda. I, on the other hand, believe nothing the government says. Never.
I lived in New Mexico for several years. The girlfriend of one friend had a surgeon operate on her for back pain and he messed her up bad. Turned out he had messed up a lot of people, including professional athletes whose careers he put to an end.
She was in constant pain and went from one addictive opiate to another - prescribed ones. She actually became an addict.
Finally, tired of her merry-go-round, she got on the medical marijuana program. The pain went away. Her muscles relaxed. She slept less, because the opiates made her sleep all the time.
There are cannibinoid receptors in our brain, along with opiate and hallucinogenic ones. That means our bodies produce our own natural chemicals that mimic those "drugs." If we didn't have those receptors, the ones we ingest could not affect us.
There are always going to be people who abuse any drug. There will always be people who abuse anything they can. People are imperfect - always have been and always will be. But that's not something the government can fix...just like it can't "fix" our brains. Not that they wouldn't like to.