The fight against beers and queers is most similar in that they both encompass pitched, ongoing battles, and both issues are subject to a maddening patchwork of anachronistic laws at the state and local levels.
A person addicted to heroin needs the drug as much as a diabetic needs insulin. How he or she gets it is problematic, but until we legalize and tax heroin, we need outreach programs to alleviate suffering and save lives.
Need more evidence that marijuana has gone mainstream in America? This morning on The Today Show, Matt Lauer chatted up a piece on so-called "Stiletto Stoners:" educated, professional women who favor marijuana as their intoxicant of choice -- and are increasingly comfortable admitting it.