First of all I’m not a pothead. My choice of intoxicants is of the C2H6O variety aka ethanol.
But here’s the thing – we in the U.S. have spent billions of dollars per year on drug interdiction, imprisonment and rehab over the past 30 odd years. Plus the fact that marijuana incarceration is pretty high. The total is somewhere in the trillions of dollars. That is all money that could be put to better use.
I see marijuana, in it’s pure state, as no worse and actually better than alcohol and in some ways better. I’ve never met a belligerent pot user, but have met more than a few alcohol intoxicated individuals who really shouldn’t be drinking.
Now, the benefits of completely legalizing it for adults:
1) The cost of interdiction, prosecution and incarceration are reduced dramatically.
2) The tax revenue – you can slap a 20% tax on the stuff and people will still buy it. Just look at Colorado for the proof of a potential windfall revenue model.
3) The combined benefit of the 20% tax on product plus the reduced cost of all those listed in my first point make it so legalization of recreational marijuana is all positives with no negatives.
4) The purity of the product can be REGULATED by the states. No mixing fillers in, no additional psycho-active compounds added, etc.
I have written the chair of the Judiciary Committee in Rhode Island, Rep. Edith Ajello as well as my state Rep. John J. Lombardi and Senator Paul V. Jabour with pretty much the arguments above.