At some point you would think the government would realize that criminalizing consensual acts does not work. It never has worked. Our government has such a punitive mentaliity that we lead the world in incarceration. They really enjoy punishing people; otherwise they'd be spending all that time, money, and effort to help addicts rather than hurt them. Meanwhile as long as they continue this pointless war, they provide the drug cartels with the opportunity to make billions of dollars. As soon as they shut down one cartel, one or two new ones take its place. As long as the opportunity to make that much money is there, there will always be people willing to take the risk of drug trafficking, manufacturing, dealing, etc. Decriminalizing drugs puts them out of business. Not that we want to promote drug use but there are always going to be some people who will persist in getting high. If it were decriminalized at least they'd know what they're buying. When you go to a bar and order a shot of liquor you know what's in it. Imagine not having any way of knowing what they're serving you. Imagine not knowing if the liquor in that shot glass is 40 proof or 150 proof, if it even has alcohol in it, or if it has something else entirely which will kill you within seconds of drinking it. That's the situation our government has created for addicts of all other drugs except alcohol.