This photo-essay at Bloomberg is ironic on several levels.
First off, it's got great thought-provoking photos like this one;
Yup, that's a law-enforcement official dousing a pile 'o pot with gasoline, the better to set it aflame.
Dude! If you wanna burn weed, stick it in a pipe or something!
What a waste!
So here's some food for thought. Have you ever thought that the reason some states (like, just to arbitrarily pick a couple of high-performance states out of the air at random; Colorado and Washington) habitually show up at the high end of the quality-of-life indices, and other states (again, completely random; Kentucky and West Virginia) habitually show up at the bottom, might have something to do with the average IQ of the denizens of those states?
Now I don't mean to offend my relations in Kentucky, but they got a lot of somewhat dopey folks among them, which I think might be at least partially the result of a) cousins marrying cousins, and b) marrying at age 15.
Meanwhile, over in your have-more states of Colorado and Washington, instead of spending money fighting the weed 'o wisdom, they're MAKING money taxing it! Oddly enough, these states also vastly out-perform the have-nots in educational achievement etc.
I think not...
This is what Darwin was talking about.