Cannabis has long been one of the major engines driving excessive policing and incarceration. Between 2001 and 2010, there were about 8.2 million cannabis arrests, according to the ACLU. he vast majority of which — 88 percent — were for possession alone.
In recent years, many states have legalized cannabis use for medical and/or recreational use. However, there were still 663,000 cannabis arrests in 2018, accounting for fully 40 percent of all drug arrests. Again, almost 90 percent of these were for possession.
Around 40,000 people are still in jail for cannabis offenses. Imprisonment has huge negative effects on people’s long-term prospects.
Being incarcerated makes it more difficult to get a job. It cuts wage growth by 30 percent over a person’s lifetime. Each year in prison takes two years off a person’s life expectancy.
Human suffering is inflicted at a high dollar cost. Police enforcement of cannabis amounts to around $3.6 billion yearly.
One of the greatest evils of Marijuana Prohibition is that many of the people responsible for enacting and enforcing the ban on pot were aware that it wasn’t a dangerous, addictive substance, they knew the truth — and they chose to ignore the facts.— wfw
Related: Several GOP Senators Oppose Legalizing Pot Following MORE Act Vote
Note: none of these senators can back up their opposition to legalizing marijuana with anything approximating factual, objective evidence. All they have is boilerplate bullpucky.