The debate rages on about legalizing drugs. There was a great season on the show The Wire where a rogue police chief "legalizes" drugs in a certain section of Baltimore and the economic effects were very interesting. The drugs dealers had to compete on brand and not street corner control. So they needed less "salesmen". They didn't need police lookouts so they fired all the kids which now had no money to spend at the local bodegas and sneaker shops. Local business suffered because there were less "jobs" in the Hood. Is the illegal drug economy feeding families and keeping businesses alive in the poor sections of cities? The legal drug trade requires a clean record, lots of start-up capital and business skill to be successful. You can't just switch from being a illegal dealer to a legal one - so the money will leave these neighborhoods with not so pretty results.