For thirty years reforming marijuana prohibition was not the kind of liberalization that could be allowed to people like you or me. So our "leaders" screamed hysterically about the dangers of pot, causing the deaths of millions and the imprisonment of tens of millions.
But it was easy enough to repeal the banking regulations that kept this country prosperous between 1945 and 1980. Wham, bam, and thank you ma'am, and our prosperity flew out the window and into the Swiss bank accounts of 1% of our population.
I try to keep my faith in what we call "democracy" but it ain't easy.