If for no other reason than to reduce our prison population...could write 20 pages on why this alone would make for a better America. Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol. Legalization would cut down on violent crime via the drug trade. Legal marijuana could be taxed like alcohol and provide revenue for government operations, contributing if not paying in total for its own regulation. Regulated legal marijuana would be safer to consume for consumers than illegal marijuana, which is not inspected and often cut with other substances.