Hmmm, makes you wonder if Big Ag would get into pot production and weed seed engineering/patents. Just to tie this all together.
While I do feel for families like Charly's with family members whose lives were made worse because of weed abuse, I still tend to think abusers are in the minority compared to alchohol abusers. And as I mentioned earlier in this thread, weed smokers certainly have no monopoly on being trifling, horny and stupid. Some people are like that whether or not they abuse a legal or illegal substance. Unfortunately, I think it's been abundantly and expensively proven you can't legislate common sense and personal/familial responsibility. The very bottom rung of society is made up largely of those who've abdicated decision-making to the government.
Interestingly, the subject of legalizing weed has been on the news here in the D.C. area extensively, since four states are putting it to a vote this fall: Calif., one of the Dakotas, Oregon and Arizona. The desperate need for infusions of cash is cited as the main reason for the push to legalize what's already their largest cash crop. D.C. recently legalized weed for medicinal purposes, and it's legal in about a dozen other states as well.