Been reading this thread with great amusement by the "self righteous" attitudes of the proclaimed conservatives. Reminds me of the mess they created with the Volstad act. Same bunch of puritanical BS that helped usher in the biggest increase in organized crime our country ever saw. Crime and death do to bad booze or just plane alcohol poisoning went thru the roof, not to mention gang deaths by rivals.
I suggest a brief look back into that period and all of the problems it caused rather than solved. Don't like it, don't use it.
But legalizing it IS going to reduce over all abuse and crime in the long run. All you need to do is look back to what happened after repeal. Add to that better education and the removal of the allure of using a banned substance and I would venture less abuse and overall problems down the line.
Real McCoy Regards