Hey MaryJane (nice name) what you are saying is true. Depression and aches and pains are the main reason I still smoke it after giving up all the other crap and alcohol is one of the nastiest drugs going, but it's "legal" and "socially acceptable" and part of our culture as well. The "elite" who run society obviously don't care about the common people, anyone who believes otherwise is still living in "the American dream" because you have to be asleep to believe it. The one part I do not agree with is the "get rid of all the pills" part. If you are refering to anti-depressants and anti-psychotics and all that stuff, when they are prescribed correctly they can be really helpful. The main problem with them is that they are being dished out like sweets/candy at the moment. I refer you to justjess's posts at the bottom of this thread, she seems to know more about this than I do.
On the benefits of illegal drugs, I think going on all the trips I went on in my younger days have made me a more well-rounded and deep-thinking person. Pschedelics are probably illegal because "The Man" is not keen on people thinking about things too much. I won't say that tripping balls doesn't have any risks, you can go mad, but I don't think anyone has died from these drugs in and of themselves. The deaths I have heard of were caused by stupid things like believing you can fly after taking LSD. If anyone was stupid enough to actually believe that, its a good thing they are no longer here to contaminate the gene pool. If you remember that you have taken something and go on the trip with a friend you shouldn't have any problems. You will just have a fun time and maybe, just maybe open your mind.