The ability to progress requires not only initiating new course, but also cessation of old formations and doings. Progress, environmentally speaking, would be discontinuing the ubiquitous gathering and distribution of toxic materials like petrol. Environmental progress would be a cessation of the operations which resulted in the 4/20 disaster in the Gulf for instance.
Progress, socially speaking, also contains this dichotomy. The reason the U.S.A. is able to excel and progress is that our laws allow for not only the instituting of new laws, but elimination of old laws as well.
States and ultimately people are given the powers to decide on anything not enumerated in the Constitution as declared in the Tenth Amendment. People have the power to make new laws the way or take old laws away. The powers that be, normally constrained by the status quo in one way or another, do not like and moreover, do not want people to consider taking laws away. They only want to make more laws the way. This enforces and maintains the status quo.
Problems, socially speaking, are many resulting from many facets of the status quo too tangential and complicated to completely explore in a short article, but people, states and the Federal Government either react or do not react to problems. Problems so entrenched and multi faceted that it may be difficult to note where the root of the tangled mess is.
The contrast in starting and stopping can be seen clearly in the recent and upcoming state decisions. In Arizona the social problem was illegal immigration and behind that general problems at the border including and partly funded by marijuana trafficking. New procedures were instituted to crack down on people.
In California there are many social problems as well, including drug trafficking at the border and some pertaining to illegal immigration. Yet in California cessation was instituted as a possible fix to some of the problems. In November, California will vote on the legalization of marijuana. What are the results of this cessation is the immediate question. And yet this is not asked so much when new laws are instituted.
One result is that California will save money from jailing people for marijuana charges. California will make money from farming marijuana and hemp. No gangster cartels will bring their weed to sell in California. Despite the laws in Arizona, criminals will likely sell their goods there as well as every other state where the underground, illegal market for marijuana is maintained, making it profitable. California will be world renowned for its wine valleys and marijuana groves.
Instituting laws enables criminals as is the case with the prohibition of marijuana. The harsher policing of people creates criminals. If Arizona and the rest of the U.S.A. made marijuana legal they might solve half of the problems on the border. It is arguable that decriminalization might not be the answer, but how could one know? It is certainly arguable and provable that criminalization is not the answer, as seen everywhere. To change and for hope decriminalize. Make legal a plant that can provide so much and yet being criminalized supplies only to criminals. Criminalization of marijuana is the root of the tangled and entangling mess here, there and everywhere. Stop, cease, or at least pause.
~Gil Kerlikowske, Drug Czar, on legalization of Marijuana