If you are on the fence about question 4 in Massachusetts (or such elsewhere), then consider this critical point that is sadly missing (at least in terms of being righteously blunt about it).
I studied the war on [some politicized] drugs for several years and counting, and the fact is no concrete (so credible) evidence proves literally any effectiveness from this prohibition.
We do not even have a “drug free” prison system, but we the taxpayers are forced to shell out billions of dollars annually for a “drug free” America.
There is demonstrable evidence proving Certain Drug Prohibition (if you will) is ironically destructive (ruining millions of non-rights-infringing — so actually innocent — lives to varying degrees, which includes horrific and even deadly ones).
Factually speaking, there is no experimental science concluding any harm in moderate cannabis (a.k.a. marijuana) use — moderate simply meaning any use without objectively proven harm.
There is “science” (that leaves out critical factors such as intake method differential, precise intake amount, and strain differential) that still merely suggests that “heavy use” and abuse may/can cause harm — a result unethically turned into tough-talking affirmations to demonize a plant that (for prime example) is helping my close loved one successfully deal with Alzheimer’s disease without side effects.
Such prohibitionists have lied and in effect stolen money to hypocritically get their prohibition fix.
They proclaim ‘disaster will strike’ upon “weakening” drug laws. Those laws have been “weakened” many times over the past few decades, but there is no “See!? We told you so!” campaign, because no such disaster has been realized (including in Portugal, where all drugs were decriminalized in 2001, and here in Massachusetts, where that proclamation existed prior to both decriminalization and medical legality in 2008 and 2012 respectively).
Drug abuse, which is clearly distinct from harmless use and constitutes the overwhelming minority of drug intake instances (much less than 1% of the American population by governmental statistics and other data found reputable on both sides of this issue), is clearly a health (not criminal) issue by any sane exercise.
Sanctioned thuggery against liberty is obviously not the path to civility (nor does it send the right message to children or anyone else), and neither is the journalistically unethical refusal by the mainstream media to properly raise these sharp prohibition-ending points in this case.
The mainstream media also refuses to disclose a serious conflict of interest against the people’s right to know — the conflict from sustaining journalistic access to the continuously dominant source of “newsworthy” information involving superficially impressive tragic events that flood our news feeds — that source being our government, especially law enforcement — a group obviously favoring the money and other forms of power from this prohibition, so rendering our “free press” as in effect state-run media.
Drug prohibition addiction is ironically the real drug epidemic, and now is the time for a promptly mature public intervention.
‘Vote Yes on 4’ (or such) for genuine public safety, and as the next step towards an honest approach to dealing with drug (and any other form of) abuse, which is well-known to generally come from excessive unhealthy stress (and stupidity otherwise).
Repealing Certain Drug Prohibition is not the same as encouraging drug abuse.
The Information Age logically gives way to the Education Age (including the rise of responsible entertainment), so likely amazing improvements towards inserting educational nutrients in contexts that appreciably reach all lifestyles makes supreme sense as the liberty-embracing solution fit for a liberty-embracing society.