The debate on marijuana’s legality has been a long one. Slowly, it seems, states have warmed up to the idea, coaxed by the promises of tax funds and less police reports. Dispensaries and other government-regulated facilities have created a safer environment to obtain the drugs and illegal activity has been curbed. Many would say this is a progressive time for America, if not unprecedented.
However, America is a bit behind when it comes to regulating marijuana for profit. Many European countries have begun regulating and taxing drugs a long time ago–and not just marijuana. Amsterdam might seem like a radical example, but the legalization of most drugs has had some interesting consequences. Yes, making most drugs legal puts dangerous substances into the hands of those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them, and yes, tax earnings are very high as well, but I think that rather than an economical analysis, the legalization of drugs comes from more of a cultural standpoint.
Europe has a history of drug legalization, while America has just the opposite. Prohibition is still a pseudo-recent event in American history. As American culture evolves, along with it’s national viewpoints, drug legalization will fluctuate.