The War on Drugs should more aptly be called the War on Addicted People. It is not the plants that get thrown in jail; rather it is the people. It is another example of nanny “government” attempting to legislate morality at the point of a gun “for our own good”. How can this be true if the effects of smoking weed are infinitesimal as compared to the heinous lengths that “government” will go to rob, assault, choke, and cage an adult mentally aware human being for possessing the prohibited leaf or flower? Vices are not crimes.
In one sense the War on Drugs is as much of a failure as the Alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s since they both created massive underground black markets, dangerous cartels, mafias, political bribery, and fostered gang violence. In another sense its a smashing success in that the sociopaths at the helm of “government” know full well that this would be the result and so it only further validates its exponential expansion. It is the self-licking ice cream cone that is “government” desperately trying to prove its relevance. It is pitiful and disgusting. Please people, understand that laws, taxes, and regulations do nothing but make life for the industrious that much more onerous.
Good men do not need laws to know how to behave and evil men will always find ways around the laws.