I don’t think there are many people left who don’t see alcohol as the most destructive drug. I guess opioids and some other hard drugs are more dangerous to individuals but in terms of overall harm alcohol takes the cake. I am not sure what to do about it, certainly not prohibition. I do think the amount of advertising that romanticizes drinking is out of control and restricting tobacco advertising worked to reduce smoking as part of an overall approach.
Some countries have legalized or decriminalized all narcotics and have seen a decrease in overdoses. I think that’s worth trying, along with treating addiction as the disease it is and treating it instead of making it worse by turning addicts into criminals.
Weed legalization seems to be working well here in Massachusetts. There is the occasional corrupt local official trying to take bribes as is the case with any big money operation but I am sure plenty of palms get greased for liquor licenses too.
It’s nice to be able to grow it legally, I am an avid gardener and someone who is really into it gives us great plants of different varieties every year. They are beautiful and fun to grow. Ironically I loved smoking pot as a teenager and there was a shortage at the time so it was always hard to get and we were smoking resin from pipes and had to often go into Worcester and buy it on the street which was super scary. Now my wife and I are super light users and we have to give most of what we grow away, which is legal. We laugh because when we cure it and trim it in the cellar in fall we track it all over the house and find pieces of bud on the floor that we would have killed for when we were 17 and had to scrap for a piece of crappy brown weed.
I think eventually states will see their neighbors raking in the revenue and it will be legal everywhere.