With the backing of legions of potheads and 500 economists (501 if you count Milton Friedman), the push to legalize marijuana grows stronger by the day. Given the current economic malaise America is experiencing, legalizing the number one cash crop, at least on an economic level, would make sense. There is also the therapeutic angle, as the several states where the voters have approved the weed for medicinal use can attest to.
But what would be the consequences of legalizing pot? Sure, there would be abuse, but there is abuse now, even with the fact that a dime bag will land you in jail hanging over the heads of recreational smokers and medical patients alike. The argument could be made that alcohol, tobacco and firearms are all legal, but heavily regulated. The government, and therefore the country benefits from the controlled legalization of these things. The fact of the matter is that those three things would still envelop society whether they were legal or not. Just ask the folks who lived through prohibition. It would seem to make sense that if you cannot obliterate it, then tax it. That could be construed as a silver lining to drug use.
We can only speculate what position our president elect will take on this issue, but given his admitted history, he may just be open to at least some kind of legalization.
“The point was to inhale. That was the point.” Barack Obama