The war on drugs is over. Yet another of the many turdarrhea bestowed upon the American people courtesy of Ron and Nancy.
Those who are predisposed to smoke pot for the most part already do. Legalizing it also makes it more difficult for minors to attain, which increases the average age of first use, which in turn decreases the likelihood that an individual starts using in the first place, as well as lowers the likelihood that they will develop problematic usage habits if and when they do try it the first time.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Drugs are bad, prohibition is worse
I know your super conservative ideology doesn't jive with the idea that someone can believe differently than you and maybe even use a drug or two and still be a valuable member of society, but saying that that is not true is ignoring reality. For every person whose life was "destroyed" by marijuana (though I'll be you don't think anyone's life was destroyed by a gun, guns don't kill people, people kill people, myabe it should be marijuana doesn't ruin lives, people with no self control or sense of responsibility ruin lives, right?), there are 1000 who use it without having their lives destroyed, probably 10,000.
In my hospital, we on average have about 15 alcoholics in at any given time being treated for cirrhosis or delirium tremens. The DT people stay in the hospital for days and have thousands of dollars of drugs pumped into them just to keep them from seizing, shaking, and their blood pressure going through the roof. The cirrhosis patients have a death sentence and, let me tell you, it can be a very rough way to go. We might get 5 people a year coming in to the ER for "marijuana overdose", which is simply a person smoking too much marijuana and having a panic attack. You know what we do for those people? Give them a Xanax and send them home once they stop thinking they are having a heart attack. That's not a side effect of marijuana so much as it is an effect of an underlying anxiety disorder being exacerbated by marijuana.
There is absolutely no question that, compared to alcohol, marijuana is relatively harmless, yet one can be bought in any gas station or grocery store next to the Hall Mark cards and the other will land you in jail. It's an injustice.
There is so much hypocrisy in the Ultra Conservative position in regards to freedom. You guys spout about freedom to own guns, freedom from taxation, freedom from government regulation, etc, but when you are faced with someone who is acting on that freedom in a way that you don't agree with, you get scared. The gays, the atheist, the people who use drugs responsibly, that's freedom. Freedom to pursue happiness, freedom to believe or not believe the way you want, and freedom over your own body. Why is their individual freedom to pursue the things that are important to them and hurting no one any less important than the individual freedoms that are important to you?
In contrast, tobacco has been legal for that entire time, and when it's dangers because widely understood, a combination of taxation and education campaigns have reduced usage considerably in less than 50 years.
So your options are to either make it worse by fighting it, or accept it as part of our culture and use more effective techniques to reduce abuse.
Wiped out ? No illegal drug use can be completely wipied out.
Keep it illegal unless prescribed, like any other controlled medication and then convict those who use and sell it
Sometimes perpetuating a stigma is the best you can hope for, but that stigma actually works