The fact that there are different jurisdictions in the U.S. causes more complications within the system. If California and other states went further and legalized recreational marijuana across the board several million dollars of revenue would be generated. Not only would the country benefit financially from the legalization of marijuana, but patients with numerous types of illnesses would be able to afford the widely preferred medication that the plant offers. I also strongly believe that the crime rate along with prison inmates would decrease greatly.
If there was a national policy on the availability of marijuana then there would no longer be and conflict between the two governments and there would be much less confusion among citizens and small business owners such as medicinal growers and distributers. With that being the case it is my personal opinion that a national policy is a must in order to reduce the conflicts that are taking place. This example reveals that there are problems among our federal system. Local and state governments should not be able to have different policies than the national government because the only outcome is controversy among topics such as medicinal marijuana.