I have never heard of anyone coming into the ER cause they had overdosed on pot and that they needed to have their life saved.
I have never heard of anyone dying of a marijuana overdose. I have never heard of anyone smoking some weed and then killing people. I also have never heard of anyone having a car accident solely because they were stoned. Stoned on other drugs perhaps, but not weed by its self. And contrary to the movie "refer madness" I have never heard of anyone getting stoned and then raping someone, or becoming some sort of rabid crazy violent person who shoots and stabs people.
But what I have heard is people talking about how they were able to eat after going through chemotherapy. I have heard people talk about how it helped them to lessen the nausea associated with life saving retro-viral drugs. I have heard how it helps with cancer associated pain, when other drugs are ineffective. I have seen it do all these things with my own eyes, and I believe that for many people who cannot tolerate other drugs that it is a godsend.
And for the record, I do not smoke pot, and when it became legal in California, I was ****** off to no end. It took time and actually seeing the benefits for so many people to change my mind. I know that some people get on it who do not fit the profile of what it was originally intended for, but I believe that they have their own reasons(possible mental problems) and because it has a tendency to mellow people out, I don't even begrudge them it anymore either. Since it has been legalized in California, I don't believe at all that it is a "gateway" drug, as people are not having to go into seedy places to get it, they can obtain it in a nice sterile pharmacy like environment.