Noam Chomsky – Why Marijuana is Illegal and Tobacco is Legal
I agree with Noam when he mentions the reason that Marijuana is illegal ( in some states) and tobacco is legal, is that because marijuana can be grown anywhere with relatively little cost to the producer. Although states are now taxing the product where it is legal, so they are getting their cut from wholesale producers, individuals can now grow their own if they so choose. It seems to me, had the government realized how much tax revenue would be generated from marijuana legalization, states would have adopted legalization laws much sooner.
Tobacco is far more harmful, but because big tobacco companies have been using their resources to ensure it remains on the market, no laws have went into place to prevent it’s sale.