Why should marijuana be illegal but opiates are legal ?

Both marijuana and opiates (e.g. hydrocodone, oxycontin) have been clinically shown to be effective pain relievers. Marijuana has no discernable withdrawal symptoms and is not physically addictive. In contast, opiates are both physically addictive and may cause withdrawals. Why shouldn't MJ be legalized for pain... show more Both marijuana and opiates (e.g. hydrocodone, oxycontin) have been clinically shown to be effective pain relievers. Marijuana has no discernable withdrawal symptoms and is not physically addictive. In contast, opiates are both physically addictive and may cause withdrawals. Why shouldn't MJ be legalized for pain relief?
Update: Opiates are legal with a prescription. Medical marijuana is also "legal" but they can still arrest you for it, so it is sort of in limbo
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