Study Finds Marijuana Prohibition Ineffective

Oct 04, 2013 , , , , ,

Another 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 PolicyPopOver_icsdp and examined the relative price and potency of cocaine, heroin, 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.

4 responses to “Study Finds Marijuana Prohibition Ineffective”

  1. Tax and regulate? a PLANT? why??

    We don’t need any more taxes or regulations. Why should we allow this criminal enterprise to tax and regulate our ability to grow and use a plant?

  2. @rastafari

    Taxes i agree on with regard to mass distribution with stores. Regulation in terms of keeping it out of the hands of developing children while marijuana use is reelatively harmless to an adult, inhallation of smoke still reduces the ammountof oxygen to the brain which can slow development. Also while the body is still growing the brain is realtively succeptable to change including possible dependance on an increased level of any chemical.

    However I do believe that there should be no law against growing at home, and that it should be treated as alchohol where minors caught in possession should be subject to law as well as those facilitating the possesion.

    Slling should require a buisness liscence like any other buisness, however personal use growth would not. Inorder to make profit you would be required to register, and comply with all all mass sale regulations and be expected to check ids and such.

    The pros and cons in my mind are ass follows

    Pros –
    It will allow profit to be made by companies and states via sales and taxes
    It will not interfere with someone who grows for themselves
    It allows an easy opportunity for anyone to start up a buisness

    Cons –
    Those entering the buisnesss at the begining will have the least ammount of regulationwhile the kinks are worked out
    Those entering later will have other buisnesses to compete with in terms of price, supply, and potency.
    Individual users would not be able to sell to riends or family without a buisness liscence or risk jail time for violating regulations.

    Long story short, tax chain stores that can afford to mass produce and leave the small, self grower alone.

  3. Am a smoker,never been in trouble.,am pwssive and law abiding tax payer…want to grow….Pass the law….Regulate and pay off the deficit….

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