It's great to see how dispensaries in the USA are at least taking care of the medical need for marihuana. Of course there's people smoking it without medical need, and this way they are at least decriminalized.
The stuff is given by nature or god, pick your choice. 10.000 years ago we "all" sat down next to a fire, and smoked...People all around the pre-historic world got buried with a small stash. As with everything; chocolate. McD's, alcohol, social networks, gaming... you can get addicted to marihuana.
Here in Amsterdam, it's more likely to find someone in your company who is smoking marihuana regularly, then a regular drinker. Somehow the regular drinkers stop working and loose their jobs. The regular smokers turn up at the most unexpected places.. it seems to me.
I wish more was done to prevent alcohol addiction, as you see it destroy people from the inside out at unbelievable pace. Painful to see good people fall in the alcohol trap.
From a European perspective, it is great to see MSFT dare touch such topics. I can't remember any company ever asking my opinion on this matter. Looking at the topic "from deep Space" Í'd have to say that if alcohol is found to be "OK" legally , then surely marihuana should be OK also. Did legalising alcohol after the "dry period" make more people drink (more) ?
As I look around and take a long good look at what the problems are that I either hear of, or see, it's never about mary jane, but always about money, cheating the wife/hubby, alcohol, divorces, foreclosures, general unhappy feelings, stress. I really don't think legalizing marihuane will create "more problems". If at all , it will make some go away, or have less impact.
As a final "piece de resistance" : a human body has some 70 different, extremly complex amino receptors built in from birth, that ONLY accept the 70 different cannaboidic molecular substances found in marijuana plants. It's medicine first.