legal marijuana is a "pipe dream"
here in ohio we have decent laws, anything 100 grams and under is a $120 ticket and a court fee, but then they hit ya with "stipulations". tho ive never had any problems with the law and that matter, i know it can get ugly. at least it was on your ballot, thats a start.
isnt the federal prison population 90% nonviolent drug offenders? for everyone of those poor guys in prison theres a rapist, murderer, child molester, running free somewhere.
the court system (200 some-odd years old and still not updated) works like a buisness itself, like a corporation. sure they get $ from taxpayers (plenty of $) but then after all the politics and crazy spending they go thru, theres little left for them to squander. they make a KILLING off people busted for marijuana, pipes, dui's, public intox, disorderly conduct etc..
in ohio we have a HUGE problem with our police force. dirty cops, inept judges (one of our most popular judges got 2 dui's in 6 months, served no time, payed no fee and then got re-elected). in northeastern ohio, home of some of the most bars in the world, more dui's are given out annually than in colorado and california combined. thats straight from my P.O.'s lips. and you gotta figure after a fine: $500 court costs: $300 liscience : $450 it can add up pretty quick. and especially if you need a lawyer. (mine does me for free, we party and jam)
If they catch 5-10 guys a night that feeds them well. even the towing company gets fed.
we had a guy driving our company van down 480 (highway thru westside cleveland) was smokin a doob, and someone called from their cellphone on the road. man this poor dude got everything, dui, paraphenelia, the works.
But, there will always be some dumb kid who starts smokin crack and robbing little old ladies purses, and what does he tell the authorities? that he started off smokin pot in high school. and theres your catch phrase "marijuana is a gateway drug"
a few more generations, and we might have legalized weed, but not with the geezers in power recently.
btw, anyone catch those great specials on History channel on drug prohibition? some pretty good programming, y'all should catch it when its on.