Laura, I all to well remember that era. The fact of the matter is Northern California needs the Southern California population, resources, revenues (tax base) and booming economy to survive. Some of the poorest counties in the State are in Northern Cal. i.e. all the way up the Central Valley, through Stockton and into the poorest area in the State Humboldt County.
But truth be known if you were to legalize Marijuana and create viable tax base for it Humboldt County along with many other very poor farming and agricultural communities would become affluent and prosperous almost overnight . Instead we sit on the sidelines and watch organized crime line their pockets with mucho dinero and pay no taxes while fleecing the state of much needed revenues. I'm not a pot smoker. In fact my only drug of choice is a good bottle of Pino or an occasional shot of quality Agave. That's about as close to natural herbs as I get.
But after almost 50 years of observing billions, maybe trillions of dollars in failed enforcement and the incarceration of tens of thousands of petty pot dealers and smugglers all for naught while seeing the bad guys don their Rolex's, cruise around in their Ferrari's, pilot their multi million dollar yachts, fly their private jets and live in their multi million dollar beachfront mansions all while fleecing millions of Americans in the process you might say I'm beginning to feel a little drained.
Doncha think California could fix a few potholes with some of those tax dollars? All the past 50 years has proven is that people are going to use drugs just as they do alcohol or tobacco if they choose o do so. No amount of enforcement will ever win this battle. So why not capitalize on it and build a few new schools?