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Study Finds Marijuana Prohibition Ineffective

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marijuana prohibitionAnother study pointing to the failures of the war on drugs was published yesterday by a group of U.S. and Canadian researchers. The study was funded by the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy and examined the relative price and potency of cocaine, heroine, and marijuana from 1990 to 2010. Through analysis of existing data from various UN and governmental databases, the study found that, despite an estimated $1 trillion spent by the U.S. alone, the war on drugs has failed. Lead researcher Dr. Evan Wood commented on the results:

These findings add to the growing body of evidence that the war on drugs has failed. We should look to implement policies that place community health and safety at the forefront of our efforts. 

The study showed that although marijuana seizures by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration increased by 465% between 1990 and 2010, the misguided efforts are ineffective. Since 1990, the price of marijuana has decreased by 86%, and its availability remains high.

It is clear that marijuana prohibition is not an effective means to control marijuana use. Instead, it is time to focus on policies that are best for the community and the individual, instead of wasting resources on arrest.

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8 Comments

  1. I think fear rules more than complacency. Losing benefits and being homeless is scarier than being in jail. And so I do what I can in my own way.

  2. No, you’re not my enemy. I’m attacking what’s between your ears, not you. I’ve seen that kind of complacency and those kinds of explanations calling for the lowering of expectations for decades. Forgive me if I’ve become impatient and abrasive.

  3. i could care less what drug you want to consume. the gov has no say in what i/you eat or ingest. but when I see tobacco and such in hands reach, why bann any drug? one of the deadliest of them are legal and probably ten mins away

  4. I honor every activist in the drug war, along with every victim (insert a virtual thank-you bow). Some people fight with actions, some with words and ideas, and some with both. But I hope I’m doing my part by being educated about the drug war (and by supporting my local medical marijuana dispensary). I hope I don’t make excuses or rationalizations, but inject other ways of looking at things. Anyway, aren’t we practicing intersectionalism right now, on this forum? (In other words, dude, I’m not you’re enemy.)

  5. But most people have a hard enough time accepting and treating cannabis
    use the same as alcohol use. Progress takes time and is almost always
    made in increments (said the philosophical cannabis lover).

    …is a rationalization, a collection of words to cover for ones failure and poor practices in ending prohibition.
    Excuses are made for these failures at the expense of a person with more pigment and less education commoditized by the penal industrial system. Justice isn’t intersectionalism now, it’s intersectionalism 5 years ago.

  6. You are way ahead of the “general” public in your macro-argument. Yes, the current system is “if we say it’s bad for you, then it’s illegal, whether it’s true or not.” Or even the hypocrisy of certain drugs being legal for the uber-powerful pharmaceutical industry. But most people have a hard enough time accepting and treating cannabis use the same as alcohol use. Progress takes time and is almost always made in increments (said the philosophical cannabis lover).

  7. Your headline is misleading. It leaves me with the impression that the publisher and author would like to separate the issue of prohibition of cannabis from all other commonly abused mind altering substances. That is a false choice.
    All substances are used as pretext to feed the penal industrial complex. Another way of stating the same is that separating cannabis from other illicit substances (like the others studied in Werb, et. al.) doesn’t challenge the prohibition paradigm of treating substance abuse (where behavioral health finds that there is abuse) as a crime instead of as a public health problem.

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