I don't really care one way or the other when it comes to this new law. I've lived in Colorado all my life and everyone here has pot or has tons of friends who do. It's nothing new. I do, however, find it sad that people were willing to legalize a drug, however minor of one it may be, before passing laws to allow gay marriage.
The problem at this point is the connotation that marijuana carries. Marijuana should not be criminalized in my opinion, no. We spend way too much money on keeping those people out of society in prisons and such without providing them any real help. I feel like I am adopting much of Mr. Hicks's ideas on the subject, but that's okay. The worry that I do have with it is that there are plenty of people with idiot mentality on the subject who simply want to dive into marijuana because they 'think it's cool.'
Drugs are such a tricky topic to be sure. The main problem is that people who are addicted to the substances are sick and need help. There are some that are more harmful than others, such as the ones you listed. I believe that some drugs really do need to be decriminalized, but others really can be harmful. Then again... alcohol is legal, but that is quite a different subject than what this thread presents.
This is good progress, but we still need for marijuana to be legal on a federal level. Otherwise, people will continue to be arrested by federal agents for possession. Although the DoJ is not pursuing here, they have in the past pursued medical marijuana distributors and jailed them despite legality in the state. Thus, states can legalize as much as they want, but it means nothing unless the federal government does the same.
Unfortunately, I see no way of that happening any time soon. Republicans in the House will never allow it. Maybe Obama can circumvent it through funding or enforcement, but we still have some ways to go.