My opinion is different from yours, but who is to say, what the "right" answer is.
In Canada, "pot" is much more common, than it is in other countries, (like the US). I think that it's pretty well known, that British Columbia, is famous for it's "BC Bud". (Maybe even as famous as our bacon, maple syrup, poutine, etc.) I read recently that 21% of Canadians, between the ages of 18-40, smoke marijuana regularly. There are also people who cook, bake, and drink tea; with ground weed. I don't really think that there is much of a difference, whether people ingest, or smoke it. Yes, the smell of the smoke is offensive to some, but so are cigarettes, cigars, and pipes. I do agree that smoking, anything, cannot be good for our lungs; that's a no-brainer.
As for "licensed" growers; are there no regulations, or can anyone plant a crop? Are there no courses that need to be taken, or rules that need to be followed? Is there no control? There should be a limited number of people who are given permission to grow.
I have one friend who has a pot card. He was injured at work, and broke his back and neck. He is riddled with arthritis, and has had several operations, without much success. He is legally allowed to have 4grams, per day. That would maybe give him 4 joints. I personally give him credit, for choosing to smoke grass; then to be totally zoned out, on the other heavy narcotics that the doctors prescribe. I think THC is a "lesser" drug; than oxy's, percs, morphine, etc. As for my experiences with holistic medicine; I've spent a fortune over the years, and I can honestly say, that none of it worked.
In my personal opinion, I think they should legalize Marijuana anyway. There is no doubt that alcohol creates more violence, crime, and deaths. A "pothead" isn't one to get into fights or one to become aggressive. Actually, people who use the ganja, are known to be calm, content, peaceful people. The worst is that they may laugh too hard, or eat the last cookies. Can that be said about liquor, or any of the other drugs?
I respect your opinion Mrs.Roper; but you asked for thoughts, and I'm not one to back down on a friendly debate. I obviously don't have any experience with what is going on in Mexifornia. If every gansta criminal, is growing weed; and if it is allowing scum bags to benefit... then it needs to be stopped, until there is control.
... just a penny for your thoughts