What Marijuana Prohibition Is Really Costing Us: An Illustrated Infographic to Share With Family, Friends, and Prohibitionists

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Every year, the federal government spends $20 billion on marijuana prohibition — money that is mostly directed at arresting and incarcerating individuals with small personal amounts of marijuana. This means instead of hiring new teachers, creating new libraries or improving national road systems, the United States is allocating its vital resources toward the prevention of a drug that has long been found to be less harmful to one’s health and less addictive than alcohol or tobacco. What’s more, marijuana has even been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of diseases and health issues such as cancer, HIV and seizures.

In its extreme effort to stop marijuana use, America has cracked down to the point of discrimination: Statistics show minorities have been unfairly targeted for simple possession, with African-Americans being arrested nearly four times as often as Caucasians, despite both races using marijuana at about the same rate. This injustice is unnecessary. If the same resources that are currently being used to crack down on marijuana were allocated elsewhere, the country could enjoy better schools, new community centers and improved transportation options. By legislating, taxing and regulating marijuana use, the country gains access to a potentially helpful substance, as well as the benefits that reallocating those funds could bring.

To illustrate what this current push against marijuana possession is actually costing our country, take a look at the infographic below:

Created By: Criminal Law Office of Michael S. Rothman