Booze has been with mankind for 10 million years. That horse has left the barn, and does not justify allowing another brain damaging narcotic to destroy people's lives.
If a customer screws up their life because of pot (or booze), its not the stores fault; its the addicts fault.
It is a mind altering drug for which the uninformed have no defense. It directly and chemically interferes with will power, rendering self-will impossible.
Maybe we should let the government tell us whats good for us, and whats bad for us so we dont have to think or act like responsible adults.
No, we shouldn't do that. But we should grant them every necessary power to deal with serious threats to the lives of our populace, such as those constituted by illegal drugs being used for recreation. It is the DUTY of government to deal with dangerous threats, and drugs are a dangerous threat.
Maybe we should go back to what made our country great; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If I puff on a doobie, how does that hurt you? Do you even know?
If you lived on some desert island and smoked your doobie, you would be no problem for anyone. The problem arises when you allow the knowledge of that drug use out to others in such a manner as to encourage them to try it.
Your advocacy is the first step toward wrecking other people's lives. Had they no knowledge of it, they would not be tempted to try it, but because people such as yourself insist on doing it, the chances that people will remain unaware of it are nil.
I have personally known over a dozen people who screwed their lives up because of drugs, and they all started with pot. Pot breaks people into the drug usage cycle. It normalizes what is a very dangerous habit and behavior, and it is that normalization that hides the threat to people ignorant of the consequences.
Advocating for a nanny state? Why doesnt it surprise me?
No. I'm advocating for a functional nation that won't collapse into chaos the way China did 150 years ago when it legalized drugs. Legalized drugs caused the eventual deaths of 100 million people before the damage subsided.
For some users. There's no evidence that many of them are prevented or deterred from getting it by its illegality - meanwhile we spend tens of billions of taxpayer dollars punishing the many who can handle it and those who supply them, thereby channeling more tens of billions into criminal hands.
In our constitutional republic, it is the duty of the various governments to confine themselves to their designated scope of authority. Those limits are laid out in the Constitution, according to the intent and understanding of the people who wrote and ratified it. They remain unchanged unless and until they are properly modified by the process of amendment.