i do get your point and if i only had my own personal experience to go on, i'd probably be of one mind with you. but i'm too close to a couple of addicts to believe that addiction isn't a real thing for some people.The point I am trying to make here is that, to my mind, it all boils down to a person's decision to take that step and try that drug, whatever it may be. In my life I have had dalliances with heroin, cocaine, opiates and meth, all considered highly addictive, and never have they dominated my life. The problem to me seems to be that too often they accomplish the objective. For example, people who are depressed and wish to blot out the things that are bringing them down, heroin certainly works and is preferable, (to them at least) and cheaper, than going to a psychiatrist. And if it works, you are going to keep doing it, regardless.
But getting back to the point of this thread, it is ridiculous to continue oppressing marijuana users when tobacco and alcohol, two drugs that have taken millions of lives, are still legal. 'Nuff said.