Lack of Recovery Resource

48% of the need for drug treatment goes unmet in the U.S.

Mass Incarceration

Almost 758,000 people were arrested in 2011 on marijuana charges, out of 1,531,251 total drug arrests that year.

94, 600 people are incarcerated for drug charges, nearly half (48%) of inmates in federal prison.

$31,286 per year is spent on every state prison inmate, coming out to $85.72 per day per individual as of July 2012.

The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prisoner population.

Public Opinion

The Majority of Americans Favor Marijuana Legalization Over Prohibition.
Americans favor legalization or not
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The Overwhelming Majority of Americans Feel Medical Marijuana Should Be Prescribed By Doctors.
medical marijuana approval rates
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Racial Injustice

Only 13% of illegal drug users are African American, yet they make up 67% of those sent to prison for drug offenses.

War on Youth

More than 200,000 students have been denied financial aid simply because they have drug convictions.

10th Grade Marijuana use vs. Tobacco use over time shows regulation and education helps curb usage.
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Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

Even after spending more than $50 billion a year on the Drug War, drugs are more available and drug cartels are more wealthy than ever before.

That’s $139,726,027 per day, or $97,031 every single minute.

 

* These facts are reproduced from DrugWarFacts.org


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