One thing a lot of people don't think about when it comes to "harmless" drugs like Marijuana is what's involved in bringing it into the country. Come down to the AZ/MEX border where we arrest violent drug smugglers who we frequently get into gunfights with.
Thanks for what you do on the Border....honestly. But this is persactly my point about "visceral and emotional" argument. It's also myopic, without reference to the lessons of history:
Q: Why aren't they getting into gunfights with LEO's to smuggle tobacco and alcohol shipments?
A: Because tobacco and alcohol are legal
Q: Why were they getting into gunfights with LEO's during Prohibition?
A: Because alcohol was illegal
Some of the major benefits of legalization were proven after repeal of Prohibition....legalization takes all profit and incentive from organized crime; it allows us to do away with entire bureaucracies of enforcement; it allows thinly stretched, Good Men like you to focus on REAL crime, like Human Smuggling