Pebble, You have said that Herer could be right. No one is asking you to take his word as "gospel". Here's a few items from someone that has studied "both sides" for years... myself. Cannabis has been used by mankind for "relief" since earliest recorded history. Even detractors have admitted no one has ever died from cannabis. Standard pharmaceuticals ... (prescribed by doctors), kill and injure thousands every year because of their many side-effects, yet there are no plans to ban them. Cannabis has been shown to be beneficial for so many maladies... it is truly a broad spectrum medicinal. It was often prescribed by doctors before the "drug" method of treating people came along. Here in the US, multitudes of positive studies done by respected sources all over the world on its effectiveness are "buried", while those studies that have any negatives are trumpeted by the media nation-wide. I have carefully read the "negative" ones and find that their methods of study and presenting their statistics are quite questionable. You read the "shocking" headlines of the story, but when you read the whole article you find nothing "concrete" about the supposed facts they are aledging. That last objection to the "smoking" of cannabis (lung damage by particles) has been overcome, yet you never hear of it. Someone now can use a "vaporizer" and get all the positive medicinal benefits of the THC molecule without any smoke in the lungs... or they can simple add cannabis to foods and take it orally. Basically the "argument" will boil down to this: We will either continue to allow the "system" to dictate what we are allowed to consume in our bodies, or we will "take charge" of our own lives and health matters as free individuals. I submit to you the right to guide your health matters as your knowledge of these matters permits... to choose your method of medication. At present, the "system" affords me no such choice. I am criminalized if I choose to use something that "natures god" has provided long before the present "controllers" arrived on the scene. I do hope you read his book Pebble... you will learn much from which to make an informed decision. However you decide for yourself, I would hope you will always afford others the right to choose their method of "medication"... unlike the "authorities" do.