For someone who was never able to use it due to making me ill with extreme nausea, I never really thought of it as a good or beneficial thing, though I never begrudged those I knew who could/did partake of it. What they did was their business. However, things have changed over the last few months after my sister convinced me to give it another try.
My sister suffers from chronic pain, as do I, and she's been using it to assist with that for a few years now. Anyway, I was at her place a while ago and struggling with hip, knee and lower back pain when she suggested that I try a little to see if it helped. Well I gave it a small try and I haven't looked back since.
Now I don't use it to get stoned. I don't care about that. It does help with arthritic pain and sleep deprivation, though, and that's what I use it for. I generally take it at night before bed to help me sleep, but if the pain becomes a bit much during the day I will use a small amount then.
So, from somebody who wouldn't touch it, I have changed my tune. I don't know that I approve of purely it in a recreational sense, but as a medicinal aid I do think cannabis has a place, especially for those suffering with chronic pain and illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, etc. I mean, why should people suffer serious pain and have to take hardcore drugs when cannabis is effective and less harmful than morphine, etc.
So yeah, it has its upside, though it isn't legalised for medicinal use in my neck of the woods as yet. I hope it soon will be, but I won't hold my breath, given the stalling thus far on its legislation. Sometimes I think our legislators believe we'll become a nation of stoned wasters if they legalise it. Maybe they need to keep an eye on the Canadian example to prove them wrong.