CA voters were the first to pass a decriminalization act (I'm not talking about the medical dispensaries, this was YEARS ago) which was promptly overturned by the state supreme court. The public spoke, yet it meant nothing. Such bullshit.
CA would benefit the most from taxed pot. And people would pay, just like folks who keep buying cigs and booze regardless of price/penalty.
I hate it when I hear that pot is a "gateway drug"......um, first of all, it's a PLANT, not something that's cooked up in a bathtub in the 909 area code. Secondly, the real gateway drug is alcohol and we all know how well Prohibition worked out. Bottom line, don't panic, it's organic. Legalize it for fuck's sake and let's capitalize on the extreme revenue potential that legalization provides.