Jacob,I agree it would save the country billions to allow it, as has been shown in other countries.In the Netherlands,once it was legalized, the use of other drugs dropped dramatically. Yet most Americans remain unaware and still believe the fear mongering that it is a 'gateway drug'. In Portugal,I think it was, where all drugs were decriminalized, and addiction was treated as a medical,rather than a legal,problem,not only have people been increasingly getting away from the drug use, but new cases of HIV have dramatically dropped.
Unfotunately,in our own country,it is still all about the money. As long as our elected officials continue to make millions from both the war on drugs and support of the violent drug cartels,nothing will change.