Just a quick little comment:
I agree with many of the points raised by this node. However, as an ardent bud smoker, I would stand to lose money if marijuana was actually legalized and taxed in the way generosity describes. As it becomes more and more available, controlled by the government and what the market will bear, I fear it will greatly increase in price and possibly decrease in quality. I do certainly feel the use of marijuana should be decriminalized. I also feel strongly that even the more addictive and damaging substances should be decriminalized, to a lesser extent. It is extremely important to take steps toward making drug laws less of a vehicle for racism and more of a way to focus on the fact that it is an issue of health and poverty. But, I digress. I suppose any further statements I make while on this soapbox should be continued elsewhere.