I'm not sure how it is in the States, but up here in igloo land there's been a bit of a stir over doctors handing out prescription pain killers too easily. Now as someone who has struggled with an opiate addiction, I can tell you it's pretty easy to get hooked. I got them a couple years ago to deal with cluster headaches, problem is you get a nice kick when you first start using them. After a short while the kicks gone, and you want to take more and more to reach that initial euphoric feeling. As a result, opiate dependance and abuse have skyrocketed in this country. What I don't get, is how is this not only legal, but the go to medicine, and yet marijuana is still seen as a substance that has no medical value. If you recall, I just had surgery done, and was given some pain killers. I took them initially, as the pain at first was immense, but after 3 days, I flushed my remaining tablets and decided to self medicate. I've been completly honest with my doctor about it as well, I would prefer to smoke a joint when the pain gets to be an issue (I work construction clean up, so I have to move my arms quite a bit, causing severe discomfort where the wound is.) as opposed to popping a few pills. But this is seen as a horrible, horrible thing. I guess my confusion stems from, why is one substance, easily found, that offers pain relief (and I'd be lying if I said there was no enjoyment from it), and shows no signs of physical addiction, deemed illegal, yet another substance, found easily through legal means (simply complain to your doctor), that is very easy to become dependent and addicted to (I'll tell you first hand, withdrawals from opiates after almost a year of usage is a bitch) deemed safe for the public use?