From what I have read it seems to manage pain symptoms for chronic conditions and palliative care as previously mentioned. I don’t think there is any moral issue to producing or using it any more than there is a moral issue to producing hydrocodone or oxycontin. These two pain killers can wreak havoc in an addict but they also improve quality of life for sufferers of things like rheumatoid arthritis. I don’t use it and don’t drink but I see little difference between it and alcohol, really, Excess and escapism is the moral issue. Gluttony, in other words.
Would you fault your friend if he were a pharmacist mixing a cocktail of opioid medications for a sick person with stage 4 cancer? Would you judge him if he were brewing holiday beer and giving it away to friends or sharing it at a party in moderation?
Actually, you will find that this statement isn’t entirely accurate. Addiction is not caused by drugs any more than obesity is caused by food. It triggers the condition but there are underlying issues (in the case of addiction, there are genetic factors in play). One cannot be turned into an addict any more than one can be turned into a kleptomaniac. You are or you aren’t. For more information from the same site on addiction (see the long definition):
I take misinformation of addiction seriously as my mother is a recovering alcoholic who struggles with our extended family who thinks she is just weak willed and judge her, harshly, based off of what is essentially a disease that she is seeking treatment for in a 12 Step program.