I’m strongly against both marijuana criminalization and legalization. Criminalization is costly, leads to a crowded criminal justice system and mars the records of otherwise upstanding citizens. Legalization is costly, leads to more cops, more use, more hospitalizations and more treatment episodes.
Decriminalization does not encourage new users but also keeps the criminal justice system clear (so cops can do real police work and citizens don’t have to explain a marijuana arrest when they were 26).
It’s great news out of NYC: click here