Having said that the government is causing more harm than good in their “War on Drugs”, I must say that not enough people understand how harmful marijuana is. Marijuana causes psychosis in one form or another. It creates paranoia and attacks the central nervous system. Some people appear more affected than others, but it is a very harmful psychedelic drug.
I agree with you on both points: the federal government should get out of it and let the states decide, and if it were up to me in my state, it would be legal. BUT . . . it’s also true that not enough people understand the dangers of marijuana. In a way, the two are related though. Alcohol and tobacco are legal and marijuana is classified in the same category as heroin and cocaine. At some point, every teenager is going to find out that in fact marijuana is not nearly as dangerous as heroin and cocaine, so then having been “lied to” by all levels of government, they figure it’s probably not dangerous at all. But that’s not true either, and it can become a problem.