No lobbying group is more effective than the pharmaceutical industry.
Well, maybe the big liquor industry comes close. The point is, both legislative and state regulatory agencies are setting public policy and ruining peoples' lives with prison sentences and lifetime felony records. They do so with the affirmation of their own consciences, because they reason that they are saving us from ourselves.
But they all seem to exempt their won patented products from any criminal ban.
Individuals can often produce or acquire their own remedies for many maladies, but the legal code still requires that we all go through the properly licensed issuers and dispensers of the licensed few products that the law allows us to turn to for treatment.
Many veterans are discovering the tragedy of PTSD in their own debilitated lives. But with horribly poor services at the Veterans Administration hospitals, some are seeking temporal relief with cannabis, while seeking their own sources of therapy and coping skills. this is leading to precious lives being further ruined with criminal records and even long term incarceration. Never mind that liquor is far more harmful to the veterans.
Our veterans organizations even openly advocate liquor. Many VFW and American Legion posts feature a tavern as the center of their operations.