US Government Report: Marijuana Prohibition has Failed to Meet Goals

US Government Report: Marijuana Prohibition has Failed to Meet Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health released Wednesday by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show marijuana prohibition has failed to accomplish its goals.

According to the results, usage rates have remained relatively constant despite hundreds of thousands of arrests for marijuana-related offenses and billions of dollars spent to reduce marijuana supply and demand in the United States.

The survey found that overall past-month marijuana use increased by less than half of 1% from 2011 to 2012, and use by individuals aged 12-17 decreased by less than three-quarters of 1%.

“Today’s survey reveals nothing new,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Billions of dollars are being spent to enforce marijuana prohibition laws, yet they have utterly failed to reduce supply and demand. By keeping marijuana illegal, our government is simply handing over control of a lucrative market to violent drug cartels instead of legitimate taxpaying businesses.

“The majority of Americans agree that marijuana prohibition has failed,” continued Riffle.  “It is time to replace our broken marijuana laws with a more effective and efficient system of regulating and taxing marijuana for adults. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and it is time to treat it that way.”

  • Little Ricky

    Prohibition has Failed to Meet Goals. Duh!!
    God himself could not enforce Prohibition Just look at Adam and Eve, God only had Two people to watch over, OOPS..

  • Gee

    Ricky no doubt. Those who want continued prohibition might as well shake hands with the Cartels because thats what they want too. The Yosemite fire was started accidently by the Cartels operating a “WEED plantation”. Burning down our Natl forest while the DEA arrests Grandmas trying to get a little weed.

    • arkarian

      actually, this has been debunked. the fire was started by a hunter’s illegal fire; it had nothing to do with marijuana:

      which is probably better for the legalization argument anyway.

  • Jasonian42

    God gave us this plant. It is not man’s to take away.

  • Ellis D. Tripp

    Assuming the true goals are to provide a rationale for shredding the constitution, institute a make-work program for cops, judges, and prosecutors, provide a guaranteed source of revenue and slave labor for the private prison industry, and keep the cartels in place for future CIA covert money laundering operations, I would say that the War on Pot is working just fine…

    • Guest

      Wow, so rare to find a non-dewy eyed, non-naive person on this subject. All the pro-pot people go around saying, “Well, if they want kids off of drugs and to shut down the cartels, reduce crime, etc, why don’t they just legalize it?” As if the owners of this country didn’t already know that prohibition increases all of the negative consequences of drug use, including use rates. I really wish people in this country were able to pay attention and/or remember something for more than a few minutes. But instead, we have law enforcement and the administration talking out of both sides of their mouth with crap like, “Well, there’s going to be a lot more users”–use rates have declined everywhere, every time the penalties are reduced, especially among youth–“there’s going to be a lot more intoxicated drivers”–alcohol/drug related accidents are down in states that have relaxed cannabis laws, etc.

      At this point I am starting to think that the drug cartels have a little too much influence over American domestic policy. If you take their words for it, they’re a primary reason the drug war is still going, it’s good for their business. I guess Mexican drug cartels are a lot brighter than their Canadian-American counterparts during alcohol prohibition. If only Al Capone had donated to the Republican and Democratic Parties, college students would still have to go the speakeasies or get a prescription for “medical” alcohol. (Which is not a joke, “medical grade” rum, brandy, etc, was available for the rich during alcohol prohibition.)

  • Nebula Haze

    Regulate cannabis like alcohol!

    Thanks to the MPP for all the work they’ve been doing to advance the cause.

  • Harry Baals

    to your health!