There is no reason why anyone should be considered a criminal for the simple fact of possession. Production and distribution should be made straightforward, without being made commercial, big business. This is the really challenging part.
The big question everyone asks but no one can truly answer is whether more teens will smoke pot once it is legalized. There’s more than a little doubt that illegality is what stops teens from smoking it, For many teens, the forbidden is what allures, I agree that pot is not what teenagers need. The teen years are tumultuous enough that adding pot into the mix can wreck havoc.
But putting people in threat of being arrested isn’t the solution. Prohibition of marijuana has not resolved this any better than the prohibition of alcohol helped a century ago.
It’s time for more reasonable approaches to emerge and legalization is the right direction.