One big question for me is what happens if you legalize pot as per DUI.
You know people are going to be driving while high as a kite.
Same thing that happens when you're alcohol'd up and driving I'd hope. I have 0 sympathy for anyone who gets in an accident while under ANY sort of influence. My fucking stupid ass of a cousin did and I haven't spoken to him since.
Pot should be legal after acquiring a license that involves a class in proper pot-smoking hygiene.
I'm curious what makes you say that. Not like any of the other "adult-only" things require much the same and can be just as problematic. Alcohol-related issues have caused far more problem then weed-related ones, cigarette smoking-related illnesses has killed scores more than a the wacky-tabaccy has (honestly it's baffling how significantly less stigmatized smoking is at times), and gambling requires no real 'etiquette' or license besides being the right age. After working as a waitress, I can also tell you (I know anecdotal evidence isn't the best evidence, but...) I'd prefer to deal with someone stoned than someone drunk. And at least, unlike smoking and alcohol, cannabis can at least help fight chronic (hah) pain in people with serious disease. (If you want I can get the research, but I couldn't find a one that says smoking pot is more or as serious as any of the other above --- granted, a part of that can be due to its illegality and making it a difficult thing to research).
If it's legalized I'd hope people would treat it seriously as they [sometimes] do alcohol and cigarette smoking, because indeed it's an altered conscious state much like being drunk or any heavy medication might. But again, if it's a numbers game, it just doesn't make sense to uphold it's illegality
but find alternate means of "dealing with the problem" (like Portugal
for instance who has shifted their stance from punishment to a more treatment-centered approach to those who are considered problem users). Colorado
has earned a TON of tax revenue from sales of canabbis, and hell, if anything funnel that back into systems like education that can teach the harms of recreational drug and alcohol ab/
use, and again this keeps people from having to deal with the law which costs a TON of money to uphold and keep prisoners incarcerated
for a drug that keeps you inebriated for a short time.
EDIT: Again, I was to say I completely sympathize with people who disapprove of cannabis use or any other drug or thing (I myself rarely drink and I hate when people tell me to drink more). But thinking more long-term, I think it'd be naive to keep marijuana on such tight chains especially in a grand scheme of problems much more worth the time, money, and effort to curb.