Yeah but not all states are ready for full legalization right away. The South is filled with people who are against it, and it crosses racial and political lines. Not even all Gen Xer’s are for it here.
But, if you do it slowly through medicinal uses (already passed in many Southern states), then you can introduce the idea of not arresting recreational users. Once people get used to not prosecuting users and saving taxpayer money from incarcerations, then you can legalize.
Politics is chess; not checkers. You gotta work with the board you got. And unfortunately we have to take it very slowly down here, as much as we want to drag everyone into the 21st century.