So what do we actually know, scientifically, about marijuana?
Based on an overall look at a broad range of research, the scientific conclusions are pretty inescapable:
1. It has definite medical uses for pain alleviation in some conditions, and in reducing nausea and loss of appetite for chemo patients.
2. It drives some people crazy that other people use it.
No, but seriously, folks -- there seems to be plenty of evidence to indicate that the continued classification of pot as a Schedule 1 federal drug -- something super-scary without any medical benefit -- is both untrue and a continued source of conflict. And while there are other potential applications (and dangers) of marijuana and THC, further scientific research continues to be hampered by, ironically, the laws that would ostensibly keep us safe from Reefer Madness.
It's going to be interesting (again, that word) to see how things change over the next few years. Jeff Sessions, our (sigh) likely next US Attorney General, has a long record as a fierce opponent of legalizing pot, but struck a bit more level a tone while testifying before the Senate at his truncated confirmation hearings. Donald Trump, our (sigh) next President, has not been nearly as adamant against Demon Weed as some Republicans, but who knows where his mind will go on the issue (perhaps if we start a Grow American campaign ...).
I've never used marijuana myself, but as an observer here in Colorado, I can't say the state has been adversely affected by either medical marijuana or by legalized recreational use. And the science seems to back me up on that.