Prompted by “Congress Votes to End Federal-State Conflict on Medical Marijuana”: http://www.thedailychronic.net/2014/39411/congress-votes-to-end-federal-state-conflict-on-medical-marijuana/
A wonderful threshold has been crossed, and the caregiver side of me breathes an equally wonderful sigh of relief as I move forward to register for medical cannabis access on behalf of someone close to me with no better option, scientifically speaking.
Strong momentum continues for the formal recognition of cannabis legality, scientifically and thankfully speaking.
Much more work and relaxation remains, however, with regards to properly tuning the public into a sensible position on perception alteration itself, which is ultimately the real issue.
Perception alteration is inherent, and (at least arguably) any experience alters perception, regardless of whether or not a drug is involved. Perception alteration can be positive or negative, and the positive side must be freely accessible, sanely speaking, because otherwise negative perception alteration (e.g. deceiving the public into demonizing certain drugs for no conclusively proven societal benefit) dominates unethically against the public good.