what you fail to mention is the fallout on county and local government and people. Pot stinks, I mean like a skunk is around your house all the time, so when your neighbor grows pot your property value decreases and you have to put up with the smell. Then the gangs move in to push the stuff, getting kids in the neighborhood high. It IS a gateway drug, you can tell any story you want but look at the kids that try it, they always go on to try hard drugs. My neighbor lost his house because he rented to someone who had 12 scripts for growing pot, and ended up growing tons of the stuff in every foot of backyard.
Yeah, go Co and Wa. The fed will bail you out in a couple of years, or not.