The legalization of weed across the United States is a topic we cover in depth. We even try to cover the international front quite a bit. For instance, Ireland is going to decriminalize weed, heroin, and cocaine while abortion remains illegal. But if weed was completely legal everywhere, we would, thankfully, have lots of other things to talk about. While there are very important implications directly related to the legalization of marijuana — both medical and recreational — and you will hear about the dangers of DRUGS from the opposition, you are not likely to realize another giant, invisible, guiding hand of reform.
Besides how easy it is eventually going to be to have cross-country and international road trips without the looming fear of police interaction (necessitating crotching your weed and the resulting spill of the molten-hot lava that is Hot Pocket filling across your lap), legalization is going to have some other rad results. There are many other industries that will feel the effects besides those stuck in prison, earning ridiculous profit for proponents of privatized incarceration.
We already know that that tobacco industry has begun to suffer as the younger generation finally gets wise about the perils of cigarette smoking and switches to weed. The cotton industry and other related textile industries are another huge set of adversaries to the widespread adoption of marijuana culture. Though hemp has very little THC content, requiring a telephone pole-sized joint to get high, it has been illegal to grow since 1938 without expressed consent of the DEA.
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act would remove the federal restrictions prohibiting the restrictions on growth of, surprise, industrial hemp. It has been proposed to Congress every year since 2007 and may finally be beginning to gain some traction, providing a boon to the agricultural industry in the United States. The stuff is useful for everything from paper and rope to clothing, in addition to growing everywhere — like a weed, say. It is also three and a half times more profitable than growing soybeans, which is neck and neck with the number one crop, corn.
See, widespread legalization can serve to not only provide access to the medicine people need, but also improve the agricultural economy and reduce the cost of commodities all around you.