"Why would we want to make it easier for our children to access marijuana?"
Because we are losing tax revenue now, while making a bunch of gangsters rich, and at the same time wasting law enforcement officers' time and resources by chasing, prosecuting, and then feeding, clothing, and housing non-violent offenders. We are wasting valuable resources trying to tell other people what they can and can't consume.
Children with parents who lack the time and energy to provide adequate supervision, are those who find themselves getting into things they shouldn't. What is or isn't legal has little to do with it.
Rather than trying to tell adults how to live their lives, we should focus our law enforcements' energies apprehending actual criminals- those who have infringed upon another's life, liberty, property, or pursuit of happiness. Liberty and freedom are supposed to extend to everyone, so long as they aren't hurting anyone during their pursuits.
California spends over $8 billion, prosecuting and housing marijuana offenders. While estimates are that legalizing and taxing cannabis could generate close to $10 billion in revenues. Then there's the added resources that will be available to law enforcement, allowing them to focus much more time to catching real criminals. Fewer criminals on the street mean fewer crimes. Fewer crimes mean fewer home insurance claims, leading to even more savings for everyone.
Proposition 19, even if passed, won't stop federal officers from enforcing federal law. So, while the Administration threatens to veto the will of the people, we lose tax revenue, waste resources, and jail Americans seeking solace in a harmless herb. No one in the history of the world has died from THC overdose, and doctors are prescribing it as medicine. Yet the federal government resists any and all efforts to use sound reasoning or judgement of any kind.
When will this reefer madness end???