Decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana is a growing trend in many states and is a direct challenge to the authority of the federal government. Not that’s there’s much the feds can do about it. But believe they are worried, especially if the trend continues and states begin to challenge the federal government on other issues.
It’s also instructive to watch who opposes legal marijuana and the scare tactics they are using. Lots of folks have vested interests in drugs remaining illegal; those who build prisons, many in law enforcement, and of course, the dirty banks and hedge funds that launder the drug money. They don’t want drugs legal and could care less about the appalling bloodshed in Mexico now as long as they get their blood money.