My Aunt posted an interesting status on facebook last night. "...what would you legalize if you could. I wasn't surprised that most people who answered said pot. I was a little surprised that a couple of people said prostitution. What would you legalize?"
My answer: Pot, Prostitution, shrooms. . . I really believe these are fairly harmless things. If you tax and monitor them then the government can make money off of it and it could be safe. Not to mention the money saved on the war against them. As Americans we demonize and promote these things in the same breathe. We glamourize it in commercials and yet tell our kids that it's evil. Without giving them any real facts on the matter. And schools don't either. They feed people the same bs propaganda.
Pot and mushrooms are natural substances. And they're less harmful for us than cigarettes and alcohol which are legal. Pot helps to stabilize moods, promotes happiness, and is a viable treatment for depression and painful illnesses. A downside is that it can make you lazy but there are plenty of other things that do the same thing such as TV and video games.
The only real difference between the mushrooms we buy in supermarkets and psilocybin mushrooms is one has a chemical in it that produces hallucinations. In many cultures and religions trips are very spiritual things. And shrooms are hard to abuse and non habit forming.
As for prostitution. It's just sex. We pay for porn, sex. We pay for strippers, sex. We pay for sex toys. Sex sales and Americans use and abuse this. But in the end everyone pays for their own little sex pleasure. If prostitution were monitored it could be safe. STD screenings and less shady operations. It's a job that someone gets paid for. While some people may stand morally opposed to it there are others that promote it. There are people who stand morally opposed to just about anything and everything there is out there. Just because one person or group of people don't like it doesn't mean that those who incorporate it into their lifestyle should be deprived of it. I personally do not and wouldn't have a need or want for prostitution but I know many people who would utilize it if it were legal, and I am not one to judge or condemn, and many more who utilize it in it's illegality risking their well being to legal consequences if caught doing something that I feel is harmless. Why does the exchange of money change the fact that there are two consenting adults? It really shouldn't.
These are laws that ruin people's lives. Good, honest people.
Some of the other answers were to legalize the sale of home grown vegetables Though I didn't know this was illegal seeing as you can sale them to a farmers market at the very least. And the legalization of growing hemp in the US. Hemp is a grand product. There are so many uses for it. Not only can we make rope from it, we can also make lotions, papers, fabric, food, medicine, dietary supplements, building material, plastic, jewelry, water and soil purification, weed control (in the garden), and even fuel. Why is this product illegal to grow in the US? What is the point? We could clearly profit from its many benefits. There is a zero tolerance policy in the US because of the relation of hemp to marijuana.