I feel that marijauna presents a very small risk factor to our populace, but we spend billions trying to capture, put through court, and inprison thousands of our population. This also costs us in that these people are removed from productive society. Not just while they are in jail, but even after, given how hard it will be for them to find someplace that will hire and exconvict.
Plus, through taxing marijauna, states stand to actually make money that could be used for our school and other programs.
I would like to run a 5 year experiment in Hawaii and or Alaska to see what the results are. How it affects crime. If it increases use amoung youth. And basicly how it positively and negatively affect society. With that information, Congress can decide ifwe should remove the nation criminalization of marijauna, and then let states decide how they wish to treat this substance.
Why Hawaii and Alaska? Because they are isolated from the main 48 states, so there is far less risk of people just crossing a state border to get marijauna to cart back home.
I think this will allow a lot of people to see through the myths of pot and make hard fact and experience based desicions on this substance.
Vote Harrison in 2004!