When I was on Art's show, I was (and still am) an advocate for legal reform around cannabis regulations. For it to be classified in the same category (schedule 1) as truly dangerous drugs is asinine. I was on Art's show in 1997, just after Prop. 215, the "Compassionate Use Act of 1996" was passed in California. I have (as an adult) had (consecutive) years I did, and (consecutive) years I did not smoke cannabis. I was fortunate not to use it as a child, and I feel that age restrictions (albeit difficult to enforce like alcohol restrictions) are appropriate for the protection of developing minds.
Smoking some cannabis, no more makes you "a pothead" than drinking some alcohol makes you an "alcoholic." The key is moderation, too much of many things, can lead to difficulties.
I am surprised this thread made it to page two, without anyone mentioning Jack Herer.
His longstanding, and free, guide to the history of cannabis is the best source I know of for a factual exploration of the issue. It can be found at: http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/
and it contains the following chapters:
Chapter 1 – OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS HEMP
Chapter 2 – BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE USES OF HEMP
Chapter 3 – NEW BILLION DOLLAR CROP
Chapter 4 – THE LAST DAYS OF LEGAL CANNABIS
Chapter 5 – MARIJUANA PROHIBITION
Chapter 6 – MEDICAL LITERATURE ON CANNABIS MEDICINE
Chapter 7 – THERAPEUTIC USE OF CANNABIS
Chapter 8 – HEMPSEED AS THE BASIC WORLD FOOD
Chapter 9 – ECONOMICS ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
Chapter 10 – MYTH, MAGIC & MEDICINE
Chapter 11 – THE (HEMP) WAR OF 1812, NAPOLEON & RUSSIA
Chapter 12 – CANNABIS DRUG USE IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA
Chapter 13 – PREJUDICE: MARIJUANA AND JIM CROW LAWS
Chapter 14 – MORE THAN SIXTY YEARS OF SUPPRESSION
Chapter 15 – THE OFFICIAL STORY: DEBUNKING “GUTTER SCIENCE”
Chapter 16 – THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES
If people want to discuss such a controversial topic, without the actual history involved, it won't be much of a discussion.
Cannabis is a food, fuel, and fiber... with many legitimate uses, including medication. In my mind it's a "case closed" issue, and the propaganda of the entrenched anti-legalization proponents is just FUDD. I'd consider looking at evidence-based explorations to the contrary, I don't see any. If you are holding out, and have "the silver bullet" of anti-cannabis positioning... by all means, post a link.