I get it - you just want legalized drugs and actual numbers and facts mean nothing to you. So you are reduced to insulting the state that provides real information WHICH YOU HAVE NOT DONE ONCE. But, I will address your points;Ok. Arizona, where you can drive all day and see,nothing but Joshua trees is representitive of the nation.
BTW i actually have been to Nothing Az several times. Not sure its even there anymore.
But onward. Lets say for brevity sake you and Cato are right about prisons.
Say we release nobody with present drug sentences.
We still kill a multi billion dollar a yr black market. And we shut down a completely corrupt and failed fed bureaucracy the DEA.
We eliminate the excuse for the bill of rights violating.
Search with no warrants.
No knock raids
Militarization of police
By local and federal LE and gov.
Stop the inflow of whatever number of useless drug charge prisioners for good.
And the cherry on the cup cake get all gov out of individuals personal lives until such time as they commit an actual direct harm to another.
No upside to continuing this present farce of a " war".
And much individual liberty , regained rights and no small amount of wasted money to gain by stopping it.
We still kill a multi billion dollar a yr black market. And we shut down a completely corrupt and failed fed bureaucracy the DEA. Evidence shows that illicit drug smuggling is still going on in California and Colorado, so I don't know how you get there with that, but I'll go along with it for now. As for shutting down DEA, for once I am in total agreement - I don't like ANY federal agency poking noses into state business. make it a state by state thing.
We eliminate the excuse for the bill of rights violating. Good try - not even close. They have eroded the 4th Amendment to almost uselessness and absolutely nothing whatsoever is going to bring that back barring a YUGE landmark SCOTUS case and even then they would fight tooth and nail. "They" meaning all aspects of government. Liberty surrendered is liberty lost.
Search with no warrants. See above.
No knock raids See above. Also I agree with no-knock raids being wrong. I also know that absent a sea change like you've never seen, they will remain.
Civil forfeiture Paying attention much? Arizona, (I know how much you hate my state, which has every type of terrain, excepting tundra, much more than Joshua trees - have you even been here?) just eliminated civil forfeiture without a conviction. So no more charging the money with a crime. Federally should be changed to the same thing or eliminated entirely. I highly disagree with civil forfeiture laws without a LOT of safeguards. https://www.azleg.gov/legtext/55leg/1R/laws/0327.pdf
Militarization of police Many PDs do have far too much military equipment, but so do the gangs. Did you watch the cartels in Mexico fighting the police with technicals equipped with 50 caliber M2s, and gang members showing off RPG7s and LAW rockets? These people are right across the border. I would love to go back to the neighborhood beat cop I remember in the 70s but it's not likely. However, sometimes it's just ridiculous - Sheriff Arpio once showed off his M2HB, a weapon completely and utterly unsuited for any policing activity. That and all other heavy weapons in police possession should be immediately returned to military arsenals. Civilians should own more of them.
By local and federal LE and gov. Good luck at the Fed level - The Dept of Education has a SWAT team. They like their toys and won't give them up without a fight.
Stop the inflow of whatever number of useless drug charge prisioners for good. You might read some of the charges on your local "drug" offenders, your "harmless" druggies who will break into occupied homes to score for meth...and THAT WON'T CHANGE IF IT'S LEGAL, because they STILL have to PAY for it. Or would you like a government program that gives away meth to addicts for free? You failed to understand the point that hard drugs kill and people who are wrapped up in that scene will still have to find a way to GET those drugs...most of then can't get what you would call solid jobs. But they can steal your stuff to hock for the drugs you want them to have.
And the cherry on the cup cake get all gov out of individuals personal lives until such time as they commit an actual direct harm to another. What a lovely dream, and we'll have that when they serve that free bubbleup and that rainbow stew. We lost THAT fight waaaaay back before the Civil War, so while it might be nice, it will never, ever, ever happen. Government is more in your life than you can possible imagine, and not going away any time soon, unless REALLY good things happen at SCOTUS, and even then it will be a hell of a fight.
You misunderstand in the fact that I am partially on your side in that I really don't CARE if weed is legal or not - I still won't touch it, and that's just me. But I SEE the hell that other drugs cause on all three sides, user, dealer, and family, and legalizing it will NOT change that in any way...it will just make it easier. But hey, my body, my choice, right?