If I'm going to bash a journalist when she writes something horrible about drug abuse, I must take pains to congratulate her when she writes something pretty good.
Maia Szalavitz' latest "Of course Marijuana addiction exists and it's (almost) all in your head" is actually not bad.
So long as you ignore the more excessive bits, you find:
-the assertion that marijuana addiction exists
-a review of why a belief that "addiction" is only truly diagnosed via visible somatic reactions (as with alcohol and heroin withdrawal) is dated and wrong
-the observation that if addiction could be cured simply by detoxing (getting past the acute withdrawal phase) we'd have solved addiction long ago
-that "mere" psychological addiction (i.e. craving) is the real issue here
-that chronic low level "mild" addiction might actually have more detrimental cumulative impact on person and society
-pretending pot can't possibly addict anyone is a suboptimal way to go
I am laughing, of course, because each and every one of these topics has been addressed in my blogging over the years. Often via contentious argument with people who lean a little more toward Maia's general stance than toward mine.
Anyway, great article Maia.