With California’s economy going to pot, one state assemblyman says the state should legalize and tax marijuana—but anti-drug advocates aren't buying it, Time reports. Proposed legislation would raise about $1.3 billion annually, but "We have enough problems with alcohol and abuse of pharmaceutical products," said one lobbyist. "Do we really need to add another mind-altering substance to the array?"
Washington is signaling a softer stance on the use of medicinal pot and even the prosecution of offenders. Opponents contend decriminalizing pot would increase its availability, but a retired judge countered, “We couldn't make this drug any more available if we tried.” One lawmaker said the Golden State could become a model for others: “How California goes, the country goes.”