I embrace the idea of separation of powers, states rights, limited government, freedom of association, etc. The Founding Fathers hit on a fantastic idea with those concepts that allows people to live together in a way that maximizes freedom and maintains social order.
What happens if a large enough group of people decide that they don't like some behavior that they pass a law against it? Then they have passed a law. There isn't much that can be done about that. Except that there is, you can always move to a place that doesn't have that law. Individual states are free to make and enforce laws as they see fit. As long as the federal government stays out of the matter, then people are free to move to a state that fits their personal ethics.
So what about pot?
What about it? Currently we have a federal government that is willing to ignore the enforcement of its own laws on the subject. Three states have taken advantage of the situation and have legalized recreational marijuana, while others are considering the matter.
My personal take on the marijuana issue breaks down along these lines:
- Products not containing THC should be universally legal.
- Medical marijuana should be universally legal.
- Recreational marijuana should solely be a states rights issue. This means that each state should make its own laws without federal oversight.
- Importing marijuana into the United States is a federal issue, and should be subject to prohibition and/or taxation.
- Transportation of marijuana within the United States is also a federal matter. I would make exception for instances where states are adjacent and have similar laws and where the product never enters a state with prohibitive laws.
- Tax it. Regulate it. Tax it some more. Treat recreational marijuana like alcohol.
- Pot is bad for you, and its dumb to make it part of your lifestyle. As long as individuals and businesses are able to freely discriminate towards users, we will achieve similar social sanctions without the expense and abuses of policing.