Pot Destroys Lives?
Maybe so, but I have a hard time going along with some of the reasoning Patti Thomas uses in her Times- Standard My Word column today.
For instance, she writes:
For instance, several patients have stated their depression has, in fact, worsened since being prescribed pot (for depression). In addition to becoming dependent, they now have to contend with life quality issues such as lack of motivation or interest in previously enjoyable activities.
I find that a tough one to swallow. I'm sure some people actually exist that didn't smoke pot before being prescribed pot, but I don't know that I've personally heard of any. The only ones I know that were even interested in getting a 215 card are people that already smoke pot. It should then come as no surprise that it does [or doesn't] work as expected.
She goes on to talk about people that have changed their travel habits because they don't want their luggage searched. Hey! That's because marijuana is illegal in this country. I'd hardly consider that a personal problem caused by marijuana, unless you really had to go somewhere, but couldn't, because you couldn't take your pot with you.
It certainly is true that pot can exacerbate some personal problems like anxiety. I know it did for me when I smoked it, but those problems didn't just go away when I wasn't smoking pot.
I'd suggest most other problems she lists are the same way and they're for people to deal with themselves, or with Ms. Thomas' assistance, assuming they want it. It shouldn't be a government problem.