It's Thursday, the day I pose a random question. I'm not so much looking for an answer. These are more like writing prompts. If this were so, what would happen?
Let the question take you where it will. Assume anything you wish. And if you manage to create a story from it, it's served its purpose.
I love H2: History Channel 2. I recorded a show called The Stoned Ages, and I finally got through both hours. (I watched it in 20 minute increments.) And it got me thinking...
During the Nixon administration, the "war on drugs" expanded. The anti-drug policies used until that time weren't working, so law enforcement got tougher. More jail time. Stiffer sentences. That sort of thing.
What if instead of getting tougher on drugs, the government instead changed tactics in combating drugs and the ill effects they have on society? (Whether this be by legalizing or finding another way to get drugs off the streets.) How would that effect society? Would things be better are worse than they are now?