A step in the right direction. Sometimes I worry that there could be long-term societal effects from legal marijuana, but it bothers me far more that society has decided that alcohol and tobacco are somehow perfectly okay and marijuana isn't. I don't understand the inconsistency at all.
Some of the wording here bothers me, like "will be allowed." Decriminalization just makes possession more like a traffic offense. You aren't "allowed" to run a stop sign or speed, but if you do, it isn't too big of a deal.