DarthFriendly: You knew R.A. Wilson!!!
I've just discovered him, and I'm sorry I'll never get a chance to meet him in person.
As far as the "Evil Weed" is concerned... Smoking it probably isn't healthy, but not because of the THC, but because of the burn/smoke.
I could see using it in cooking for a party (of course warn everyone invited) since it does act as a social drug (like alcohol), but then I've never tried it so I don't know.
The other point is the old hippy argument. The stuff we have today, even being grow organically, is seriously potent stuff. I've always been a one hit wonder until I went to Amsterdam and smoked some legacy weed that some dude was growing along with the more heavy duty stuff.
Nice mellow high, made for lively conversation. Nothing to do with being stoned on a couch with having the munchies.
Once you learn that you create your own reality and that you are fully responsible for your life, you can begin to see the world as it is and then you realize the limitless possibilities.