Though decriminalization will likely occur well before legalization, I just wanted to state that I think it would be a terrible approach to the situation.
Under decriminalization, cartels still rule, consumption is still illegal – just not criminally. No commercial outlets, no supervision, no age or ID verification. It will be a Golden Age for dealers. As a result, the Prohibitionist Regime will come back in the next election period, screaming about a very real increases in teen and child use. This is NOT what we want. We want cartels out and to control our own industry.