As someone with chronic pain I greatly appreciate an alternative option to opiates. (I live in a state where marijuana is legal). When used responsibily, marijuana isn't addicting and can be rationed into qualities that better match the pain level. You can also get it with lowers amounts of tch (the property that makes you high), and larger quantities of cbd (the property that relieves pain). I'm 27 years old. I don't want to be an opiate addict. I also don't want to be a pothead. Opiates work for breakthrough pain while marijuana can be used when you're not at the point of breakthrough yet, but need something to help manage your pain level. It does require the person to be responsible and take care of themselves by doing more than just taking pain medication, but that is also true with opiates. The federal government shouldn't be involved or have control over my health care, even if that were to include marijuana usage. Especially if it is helpful in quality of life.