I don't drink at all.
I don't use marijuana at all.
I don't use tobacco products at all.
I drink occassionally - average 3 or less drinks per week.
I reguarly drink in moderation - average of 1 to 3 drinks a day.
I am a heavy drinker - average of 4 to 8 drinks a day.
I am a very heavy drinker - average of more than 9 drinks a day.
I rarely smoke marijuana and then only if someone else buys it.
I smoke marijuana often and purchase or grow it myself.
I use tobacco products.
Some alcohol tastes good. Pleasurable.
To some, smoking a cig tastes good. Pleasurable.
To some, partaking in drugs (alcohol, cigs, caffeine, pot, cocaine, etc etc) *feels* good. Pleasurable.
Your "lung cancer" and "puking" comments only relate to excessive usage, and could be applied to pretty much everything. But that's not really the issue, now is it? Now, if you want to restate your comment to say "I don't get the point of EXCESSIVE usage", then I would agree with you.
I smoked and drank in the past, heavilly on both counts. Even then I felt that both should be taxed. I stoped smoking because of heath reasons and stopped drinking because I recognized that I was an alcoholic. That said I do believe that there are those who can handle drinking. After thirty years in the field of corrections, I've seen the results of the use of illicit drugs among too many of our population to believe they should be legalized. The one exception, in my opinion, is the medisinal use of marijuana.
Even retired, I have not the time nor money to waste on tabacco or any drugs...Good thing too, but with my anger management in a poor state.
"8" plus cups of coffee is bad enough, but these are I believe 4 ounce cups(check my machine).
I believe that the medicinal use of marijuana will end up being the same as the "medicinal" use of alcohol...
I, for one, do not think it should be a crime for a man to slowly take his own life via the drug route...