I’d say that in healthy societies government wants to subtly tip the scale to favor temperate, prudent, self-governing citizenship. In those societies, government subtly encourages the highest pleasures, like enjoying the arts or being in nature, and discourages lesser pleasures, like being stoned.
Throwing people in jail is just a way of subtly tipping the scales? (And, yes, there are plenty of states where you can be incarcerated for possession of any amount of marijuana.) Perhaps, yes, in a world where bombing countries is a way of subtly tipping the scales.
That’s what’s most terrifying about the modern pundit, the fact that their prudent, civil discourse contains so many euphemisms for mass imprisonment and murder.