Even with marijuana there are legitimate public health concerns. All recreational drugs create risks of complications due to altered states of mind, and most also put strain on specific organs and glands. However, if we set aside deliberately enticing children into drug use as well as the administration of drugs to anyone through force or trickery, there are no situations related to recreational drugs that become better when people with badges and guns get involved. Preserving those narrow drug laws, truly more akin to preventing interpersonal abuse than banning substances, all other role for law enforcement and the criminal justice system should be terminated posthaste. Marijuana is the most urgent area simply because the numbers on prosecutions in some states remain huge, and the complications of legalization are comparatively small management challenges.
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