I just read a fascinating article on marijuana legalization in Mendocino, CA, which, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The county put in some of the most lenient laws in the state and various problems ensued:
Now some growers planted in town, considered declasse because flowering buds put up a powerful stink. In Ukiah, the county seat, a man was shot after climbing into a fenced pot patch. Another suffered a heart attack halfway over.
“It’s a huge problem in our schools,” said Meredith Lintott, the district attorney. “Children come in reeking of marijuana.”
Worse, outsiders poured in, some armed. In September, three carloads of men aged 18 to 24 arrived from Sacramento carrying guns, radios and pruning shears. They had read about Mendocino in High Times. Home invasions rose to 40 from 24 the previous year.[….]
And so, in November, a measure passed to scale back Mendocino’s legal limit to the state’s suggested six-plant minimum. The sheriff sensed a mandate. Tips rolled in, and deputies saddled up.
I strongly support legalizing marijuana. But it’s interesting to see the complications of exactly how that might be done.
Update. Commenter brantl makes a good point
It’s only a problem there because they are unique. If they stop being unique, it takes the ‘touristy’ elements out of this.