Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
Just like in Colorado, they are taxing it so much people are still going to buy it illegally, just now they can't be arrested for possession or use.
Here's an interesting article I found. Unfortunately, with the successes in Columbia purging their drug cartels, this could explain why the problem seems to have exploded in Mexico.
This is a REALLY complicated issue with so many different layers and players. I don't know if the problem will ever be fully eradicated, but I think they could follow the Colombia model and at least make it a safer place for residents.Plan Colombia might have been considered a success from the perspective of the US and Colombian governments. According to estimates, efficient training and the dramatic expansion of local police forces and military following Álvaro Uribe’s election as president in 2002, led to a 60 per cent drop in cocaine production by 2009. Today the country is no longer exclusively associated with the drug. However, Plan Colombia didn’t eradicate the problem but only succeeded in pushing the drug traffickers towards Mexico.
In Mexico, 2010 was the bloodiest year since the beginning of the crackdown with over 10,000 gang-related killings.The drug trade in Mexico originated in the 1980s and was characterised by transport organisations. Mexico was a transshipment point, being a direct neighbour of the US. With the demise of the Colombian Cali and Medellin cartels under Plan Colombia and the closure of the Caribbean cocaine route, the Mexican cartels became the predominant smugglers of South American drugs. Facing this new threat, the US launched the Merida Initiative. Similar to Plan Colombia, the initiative aims at expanding and supplying Mexican security forces with security training on a technological and hands-on basis.