Some cannabis prohibition, War on Drugs stats.

“In the United States, drug arrests have tripled in the last 25 years, however most of these arrests have been for simple possession of low-level drugs. In 2005, nearly 43% of all drug arrests were for marijuana offenses.  Marijuana possession arrests accounted for 79% of the growth in drug arrests in the 1990s. Nearly a half million people are in state or federal prisons or a local jail for a drug offense, compared to 41,000 in 1980. Most of these people have no history of violence or high-level drug selling activity” – page 4.

“With over 5 million people on probation or parole in the United States, drug use on parole or probation has become the primary basis by which thousands of people are returned to prison. These technical violations of parole or probation account for as many as 40% of new prison admissions in some jurisdictions.” – page 6.


“The war on drugs has also generated indirect costs that many researchers contend have undermined public safety. The federal government has prioritized spending and grants for drug task forces and widespread drug interdiction efforts that often target low-level drug dealing. These highly organized and coordinated efforts have been very labor intensive for local law enforcement agencies with some unanticipated consequences for investigation of other crimes. The focus on drugs is believed to have redirected law enforcement resources that have resulted in more drunk driving, and decreased investigation and enforcement of violent crime laws. In Illinois, a 47% increase in drug arrests corresponded with a 22% decrease in arrests for drunk driving. Florida researchers have similarly linked the focus on low level drug arrests with an increase in the serious crime index.”

–Drug Policy, Criminal Justice and Mass Imprisonment, by Bryan Stevenson.

One Response to Some cannabis prohibition, War on Drugs stats.

  • To counter a certain legislator’s, (J. Hensley), objection,
    “Addiction and drug use would increase…!!!”
    (in an earlier FOX17 news-story), to proposed bill permitting
    and establishing medical cannabis in Tennessee…

    Vigorously-Enforcing Cannabis Prohibition
    ACTUALLY Increases Threat To Public Safety:

    Those who would rather choose to use cannabis,
    (also known by its Mexican slang-name “marijuana”),
    whether to alleviate specific medical conditions
    for which it provides relief / healing, OR as a SAFER
    choice of relaxant, are pushed towards
    more-dangerous-yet-legal alternatives,
    particularly alcohol, prescription pain meds and tranquilizers,
    with far more disastrous pharmacological-consequences
    than partaking of cannabis herb itself causes.

    Case-in-point, 2007:
    Nashville’s OWN
    Rob Briley, EXTREME alcohol DUI…

    This was ALCOHOL ONLY…

    Just IMAGINE if Briley had, alternatively,
    consumed an excess of cannabis INSTEAD.

    I can safely presume he would have REFUSED to
    even get behind the wheel,
    much less, drive recklessly-intoxicated!!!

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