I mainly read this book because while I'm not a 'user' of either drugs, cigarettes, or alcohol, I do have an interest in the debate about the 'drug war', the history of prohibition (not only in the US), and I believe the majority have seen how the US has turned against the wishes of those who smoke (no more smoking restaurants was a big deal in NYC, high prices for cigarettes, etc). With that being said, for most of my life I lived in an atmosphere where smoking and drugs were not allowed but drinking was a regularity, so much so that we couldn't find enough places for all the bottles we'd accumulated throughout our trips overseas (coming home we had bottles of alcohol serve as souvenirs). Reading this book I had to force myself to go against the grain in agreeing with the suggestion that just as alcohol affects our brains so does marijuana, and since one is legal there is little to no reason to believe the other should not be as well. Just because one is prevalent throughout so many activities that people undertake (from simply having dinner (wine) to going out with friends for a birthday (any alcohol you can think of) does not and should not preclude a drug like marijuana from being viewed/judged by the same standards that we view and judge alcohol. Going further, this book gives you insight into the benefits of smoking marijuana for those with a variety of diseases as well as the harm that alcohol causes (both physically and mentally). But ignoring all of the above, we have to remember that we live (or should be living) in a society that caters to the individual, as long as that individual does not abuse the rights of others. If you want to drink at home, go ahead, if you want to smoke cigarettes at home, go ahead, and if you want to use marijuana in the comfort of your home you should have the same right and privilege. I don't think anyone should have the hubris to think that the rules they live their lives by should apply to everyone, but, sadly, that's what we have today.
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