Normalizing Drug Use by Stanton Peele in Psychology Today.
The drug policy battle in the U.S. isn’t about medical marijuana, or even legalizing marijuana.
It’s about normalizing drug use.
Do drugs create different experiences from other involvements we are familiar with—are they more compelling, more inescapable, less controllable, more inexorable in their progression to addiction than other experiences that we encounter daily?
They are not.
This is a discussion we need to have more often.
According to government surveys, people rarely find even the most addictive, dangerous drugs to be, well, addictive and dangerous.