Ben of Ben and Alice:
Here’s my try: the damage of addiction, irrespective of the narcotic, is that it replaces real life. Potheads, including some friends of mine, generally believe that marijuana is not an addictive drug. But if you check out from the real world every day, you are missing out on real life.
Of course, there is no consensus on what real life consists of. If watching four hours of TV makes you a couch potato, doesn’t reading a novel do the same thing? Most people consider reading novels a worthwhile use of time, but of course it depends on the novel; I’d advise putting down the Danielle Steele and smoking a joint instead.