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and you would have an epidemic worse off than the crack one of the last century, as the mind control and power of suggestion is more thorough in this nation than any other on Earth. Kiss another entire generation of youth potential goodbye.
If you feel the policy won't have the benefit of lowering crime and addiction rates, why have it? Just to lock more people up for longer? Cheap labor? Shares in private prisons?
People that want to use drugs, will use drugs whether they are legal or not. Personally I'd rather people have sovereignty over their bodies as well undercut cartels and street dealers by letting it into the market.
I think there's pretty good evidence that authoritarian policy only increases the incarceration rate and fails to accomplish anything positive which renders such policies foolish to stand by and employ.