All over the country there are people having terminal cases of cancer or aids, who are given for example huge doses of chemotherapy agents which force them to be nauseous and unable to eat food which leads rapidly to their dwindling away because they can’t eat.

It’s well established that Marijuana counteracts this nausea and a few cases where it’s permitted or when its done illegally remarkable benefits accrue.

Is it rational to forbid patients who are dying from taking marijuana as a palliate to permit them to gain body weight and to get food down? It seems madness to say we’re worried they’re going to become addicted to marijuana—which there’s no evidence whatsoever that it’s addictive—but even if it were, these people are dying. What are we saving them from? So that’s a highly irrational official government position on at least some parts of drugs. – Carl Sagan