I resent anyone - be it the government, my neighbor, stockholders, or whoever - telling me what I can and can't take to treat myself for whatever illness or condition I think needs treating, whether that condition be physical, mental, psychological, spiritual, or simply a condition of wanting something pleasurable in a social situation. \n\nIt's interesting that some people can't seem to get this simple, yet most import, facet of personal freedom, a freedom to do to ones own body whaterver the hell one wants to do. They just don't get it, unless, of course, one is talking about alcohol. Other drugs, even those far less harmful, are considered to be in completely different categories than alcohol. \n\nTo me, in this context their seems to be two main differences between alcohol and drugs in general. The first is that when the government bans or severely restricts the use of drugs, the people who are affected are almost always splintered into subgroups that are defined by the particular drug being banned. Some of these people, like the gentleman above, are in pain. Some are dying from the overall effect of a disease. And, some have lost the use of a part of their body because of injury or genetic abnormality. They don't speak with one voice because they are simply fighting different battles defined by the particular drug they each need.\n\nThe second difference is that alcohol, unlike any other drug, is consumed by a great number of people for simple pleasure. The number is so great that there doesn't need to be a medicinal reason to generate public pressure for its use. The Prohibition proved this point beyond reasonable doubt. \n\nSo, why do find it so easy to apply a double standard regarding others, especially when they have much better, indeed compelling, reasons to be allowed to have their drugs. Are we so blinded by our own addiction to alcohol that we can't see this obvious hypocrisy, an hypocrisy that leaves countless people with much less hope, and in much greater pain?