I have believed for a long time that marijuana should be decriminalized. Alcohol has far greater consequences, yet it is legal. When was the last time you heard of someone high on weed punching a guy, getting in a car crash, or overdosing? Sure it might happen, but definitely less often than with alcohol.
Marijuana-related crimes tend to be possession or distribution of the drug. If we made marijuana legal, police could stop wasting resources arresting and jailing these people. Instead, they can focus more or respond to violent crimes. Furthermore, if the government made pot legal and taxed its purchase, they can use that money towards their budget deficits. Let’s be honest. How many cities or states have a surplus right now?