Besides, keeping it illegal ensures that it remains a tool in the arsenal of drug cartels and street gangs. Instituting $1,000 fines won't do anything more to curb use than sending people to jail. For instance, here in Oklahoma, it is a $1,000 fine for possession of hashish, but does that mean people don't try to get hash oils? No. If I had a mind to, I could make a call and probably acquire it within the next 30 minutes. It's also a $1,000 fine for being caught with paraphernalia...I assure you, that has done nothing to limit the use of smoking devices for marijuana. It's also a possible year in prison for your first possession of any amount of marijuana; if people are willing to risk a year in prison and thousands of dollars in legal fees to smoke this plant, why would a fine stop them?
And I leave you with one more bit of wisdom, courtesy of the late Bill Hicks.
"Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally on our planet, serves a thousand different functions, all of them positive. To make marijuana against the law is like saying that God made a mistake. Like on the seventh day God looked down, "There it is. My Creation, perfect and holy in all ways. Now I can rest. [Gives shocked expression] Oh my Me! I left ****in' pot everywhere. I should never have smoked that joint on the third day. Hehe, that was the day I created the possum. Still gives me a chuckle. But if I leave pot everywhere, that's gonna give people the impression they're supposed to … use it! sighs Now I have to create Republicans." " … and God wept", I believe is the next part of that story."