Ever since President Richard Nixon initiated schedules to designate most recreational drugs as illegal, America began a War on Drugs that has now stretched over four decades and several trillions of dollars. The results however have been catastrophic as not only has drug use increased over that time, but prisons have swelled with individuals who were incarcerated for victimless crimes, and violent cartels now control not only drug traffic and distribution, but also elected officials and entire countries.
In 1996 California helped open a crack in the government’s absolute stranglehold in drug prohibition by voting in the first medical marijuana legislation. And over the next 19 years, 23 states had passed laws allowing for the regulated medicinal use of the drug. This first step was then followed by the full legalization of cannabis in both Colorado and Washington in 2013.
And now 3 years later, something very interesting is occurring which has mirrored the results of ending alcohol’s prohibition during the 1920’s. Because once both drugs were removed from legal restrictions, most crimes tied to the illegal distribution of both alcohol and marijuana began to dry up.