Fine often invokes American's failed experiment with Prohibition in the 1920s. But, unlike some cannabis proponents, he doesn't point to a vast conspiracy of industrialists and conservatives holding back legalization.
"I think it's simpler than all that. I think it's just bureaucratic inertia. There's $30 billion a year that goes into law enforcement to fight the drug war, and that's a hard tap to turn off. The only industry that really has a strong vested interest in the status quo is the private prison industry, and that's just not enough to hold back legalization on its own. It's more about a tipping point in public opinion and that's coming."