Marijuana has a lot of stigmas around it, giving it a bad name in many states throughout America. I would hear it being linked to laziness, munching, the usage of hard drugs, and failure. I was warned when I was younger by adults that people who smoke weed don't go anywhere in life, I'm just lucky that my own family is more understanding and knowledgeable about the plant, otherwise I would have believed those same lies growing up.
In recent years though, more and more states are getting on the weed-train. Currently, 12 states have fully legalized the use of marijuana - including my home state, Maine.
Before weed was voted to be fully legal, I had a medical card while living at home and I would use weed to treat my anxiety. I can honestly say I am more productive because of it; and the same goes for my friends who use it regularly, too.
In fact, weed is being used to treat more and more people who deal with ADD, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and other mental health illnesses every day. It improves quality of life, focus, and enhances happiness and creativity.
Just like any substance though, weed can be abused - but it is not deadly or nearly as dangerous as the overuse of alcohol, which is totally legal in all 50 states.
Personally, my creativity and art peak when I smoke, and I can focus on my writing and reading for school work with ease. With the right education about weed, as well as using the right strain for yourself, then it can be a really amazing and positive thing.