I want to preface my thought with a distinction in semantics, definitions, etc. It would be unwise for anyone to deny that addiction, in the purest form of abuse, is attainable through any substance that induces an indifferent mind. Even the pleasurable aspect of substance abuse, is minuscule to the formerly mentioned reaction, considering tolerance deters the limit of desired pleasure. Despite what is currently argued between the multiple interested parties regarding the handling of the above mentioned substances, make no mistake, marijuana is a drug; and it is surely a drug that has addictive traits assigned to it. I have observed on many forums, media outlets, and other electronic or printed publications, that marijuana addiction only affects 10 percent of the total number of individuals who have used the substance. I refute this premise on the sole grounds that addiction, being related more and more with disease, has manifested itself into an diagnosis. As like every diagnosis made by a physician, the conclusion is met with both patient testimony, and physical observations. Due to this, many have been led to believe that due to marijuana minor effects during withdraw, it has been inappropriately labeled as being something different then any other drug. This is not true. There are many lies regarding pot, that I was conscious of even as a blind user. Its one of the reason I do not support the legalization movement today; dishonesty. The legalization movement is full of people who proclaim its medical necessity, and its ability to ward disease, and suffering. But, the reality of the situation, is that the vast, vast majority of these demonstrators are pro pot, because they want to be high. Thats it. Stoners typically regard themselves for being profound thinkers who have some apt ability to objectively organize emotional, as well as cultural tendencies. It is for this reason, that stoners profess pots medicinal qualities, without revealing true intention. I have never been this way. In fact I have never even felt denial about my substance abuse. I have pretty much recognized its danger from the beginning, however my more sociopathic tendencies, led me to disendow any interest in changing my behavior. These are some of the lies that circulate the pot topic: 1. Marijuana is not addictive. As I stated above, all substances that alter your mind, are addictive. Whether or not you become addicted is not the point. 2. Marijuana makes you more creative Marijuana makes you FEEL more creative, however creativity is an art. It is attempted, practiced, and mastered. Thinking about colors, images, and feeling endorphin releases while listening to music, is not being creative. Creativity is work. And smoking pot restricts your ability to practically and easily translate your creative inquiries, into judge-able product. Marijuana destroys creativity. 3. Marijuana makes you more observant. Marijuana, due to its side effects paranoia and anxiety, naturally raise sensual awareness. I.E looking for cops, checking corners etc. However, observance is a mental awareness. One can train their eyes, ears, etc. however being observant is about 1-noticing an subject 2-anticipating an outcome (or if being truly intrigued, a resolution) 3- determining correlation. It is clear that only the first of these things is capable of being attained though eyes, ears, etc. 4. Marijuana makes you happy This is by far the worst, and biggest lie. Marijuana (and really all substances) is like walking into the carnival, and telling everyone you had a blast, even though you didnt ride any rides, eat any food, and listen to any music. It is only a mask that makes you feel happy. But you are not really happy. Happy, more or less, is about content. Usually people translate content into mediocrity. However, that is not the case. Content, at its root, is about asking yourself "am I doing what I want to, and can do" and answering with yes. I do not care at what level you may be and if you still smoke pot. You are not and cannot be able to what you can do, when you use marijuana. 5. Marijuana is no worse then alcohol, actually its better. This argument has never made any sense to me. Beyond the fact that all substances are the same, just have different side effects, alcohol and marijuana are like apples and oranges. They are both fruit, but still different. And although that does raise contention in my thoughts, due to the similarity still existing, the parable is resolve. Alcohol and alcohol dependency are typically desired by certain persons. The majority of people are unable to physically sustain an alcohol addiction. Typically, these persons have a predetermined genetic distinction that needs only to be triggered. This is not true of other substances. Every psychological professional recognizes that there is a distinct reaction that occurs when a too be alcoholic drinks. This test is usually conducted by the experience that occurs after a subject consumes shots of liquor in a rapid pace, and is immediately met with an euphoria close to heroin. The majority of persons, including those with addictive personalities, do not experience this. By observation, it is clear that this majority actually struggles drinking (not negatively) Drinking is to tumultuous on the body. Its heavy, its a large amount to consume for a desirable high. This is not to say that these persons do not drink. However, drinking is too much for them before they can get to the point of having rushing euphoria from the ethanol dissipating. These persons, who may still have addictive personality, typically use what is colloquially referred to as drugs (although alcohol is a drug), since the method of consumption is somewhat easy, and the effects immediately rendered. Therefore, although I understand personally that it is far easier to drive high then drunk, it does not mean driving high is safe or safer for the people around you, which is really what law is targeting. Also, just very briefly, the fallacy that quibbles around this subject that smoking pot is not bad for you, is scientifically elementary in understanding. Combusting a plant and inhaling the smoke, is the same as smoking cigarettes. Marlboro and such add chemicals to the cigarettes which increase likelihood of developing cancerous tissue; however, the smoke regardless of the additives, is the primary culprit. The additives are merely aids in the murder. The carbon stacked smoke is the murderer. The counter to this argument, is that pot as it gains reverence has shifted to alternative methods of consuming. However, by all accounts and experiments recorded, concentrated alternatives to smoking pot, have been shown to increase mental illness, and spur early life schizophrenia, as well as severe depression, and psychosis. THC, when in its purest form, and then ingested in large amounts is as bad for the brain as lysergic acid dyethylamide (lsd) or any other derivative hallucinogenic. Considering the many, many addicts already suffer from mental illness, it is dangerous to propagate medicinal usage for mental health issues (especially PTSD). these are my thoughts based around observation in real time, as well as when I was an addict.