Also the USA is party to a lot of drug trafficking agreements and treaties. Lawmakers in Colombia have muttered we only want to make weed legal because that is what is tough for us to enforce. They see obviously coco being there problem because it grows there.
If a country like Columbia said fine drug war over, and that in turn led to cocaine really dropping in price etc etc, flooding our markets, would you all be ok with that. Remember marijuana is scheduled as a narcotic along with other drugs. We may not be able to legally just remove it and leave the rest in place.
Just some thoughts i have on the issue from a bigger perspective.
Then also the law in colo says you can grow 6 plants, cant have more then an ounce at a time. But you can get way more then an ounce from 6 plants? Are they saying you cant take all of that to a buddies house and trim it? Seems to be like enforcement still will be needed. I thought one reason was to make it cheaper and have police not involved? Whats next random inspections of your grow room to make sure you only have 6 plants? How much trouble would you get into for 30 plants? etc etc.
To me the proposition vauge, how colo will regulate illegal under federal law. IMO the feds will squash it. Eventually though this type of vote could lead to a push at the federal level. IMO this has to be a decision we make as a country because our borders arent gaurded. What happens when colo becomes a mecca for growing a lot more then 6 plants? maybe because they don't enforce? Then that weed hits the highway to more conservative states? There you have more enforcement issues, and the issue of whether its fair for one state to let weed go into another one.
IMO lots of unanswered issues.