...despite the lawlessness, gangs, and violence "fueled" by the illegal production, distribution, and sale of alcohol. In fact, alcohol consumption rose. And people aren't going to stop smoking pot today despite pot prohibition. If we want to deprive gangs of "the money in the marijuana trade" we're going to have to legalize pot, period, just like we legalized alcohol. Guilt-tripping pot smokers isn't going to end the violence. If politicians—including "liberals" like Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak—want to blame anyone for the violence, they should blame themselves. Legalize pot, end the violence.