Somebody get Barack and Gil a dictionary!
Legalization (verb): the process of removing a legal prohibition against something which is currently not legal.
Or how about we get you a thesaurus!
admittance, allowance, authorize, charter, code, control, legitimate, license, permit, redress, regulate, rule, sanction, tax, tolerate
You cannot tell me Barack Obama made the Harvard Law Review without having “legalization” in his vocabulary. Director Kerlikowske, this dismissal of legalization as a worthy topic of discussion doesn’t just insult us, but also mocks the very serious state, national, and world leaders who have recently called for decriminalization and legalization as rational options for responding to your office’s 39-year-failure to have any serious effect on reducing the harm from drug use and the 100-years of manufactured harms from the policy of utter prohibition.