I have never been directly exposed or introduced to drugs – illegal ones – over my lifetime. I have had someone close to me using drugs though and was able to identify, based on an article I read years before, the accompanying behaviour. Not good: at best an escape from reality, at worst a killer of relationships. I have been warned over and over against drinking coffee; however, without coffee throughout my difficult circumstances I might not have made it thus far. Coffee is my friend, Coffee is my medicine, Coffee is my snack. I can only imagine that marijuana does the same for others as coffee does for me. I do restrict myself on the number of cuppas I have; I guess that restricting yourself in using drugs will be much more difficult and probably impossible. Medicinal marijuana makes perfect sense to me though and should be legalised. I get the idea that those stopping medicinal marijuana being legalised are either hyper conservative objecting to it based on inherited beliefs or objecting to it for the loss of profit by pharmaceutical companies should marijuana be used instead of the crap they produce. I simply cannot see that anything which is purely natural can be worse than anything synthetically produced. Society needs to stop making judgements based on the symptoms and instead look at the causes of drug use. When my mother visited me in New Zealand, I googled all the medicinal drugs she used and was shocked at the side effects of the prescribed drugs. Personally, I do not respond well to any medicine, so I grab a coffee as my first remedy when I feel unwell and it brings relief every time. Placebo effect? Who knows?