As Colorado has proven, re-legalizing cannabis makes money for government (The grass can be greener on both sides, Jan. 20, 2016), however, at the expense of law enforcement agencies and their unions, which have been cannibalizing citizens, especially minorities, long enough.
It’s easier to understand conservatives’ staunch support for cannabis prohibition when realizing how much they have invested in it and all the things they have invested in, which compete against the plant cannabis.
But don’t just re-legalize the relatively safe, extremely popular God-given plant because it’s a moneymaker; do it because it’s the right thing to do. Forcing government to regulate cannabis is better than forcing the black market to do it. The money changes hands either way.