We hear things retrospectively when we have understood them - Marcel Proust
I bet they did! I wonder whether people self-medicated out of boredom and a desire for new experiences. Conan Doyle had Holmes using cocaine, but it was, I believe, in an instrumental manner: to help him concentrate. These days, legislators are fearful that we would use stuff just because we like to...
Sam - Maybe people self-medicated partly because of cost. I think the number of people using it illegally now may be much the same as the number who would use it if it was made legal. The main difference would be the lack of crime.
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