The criminalization of marijuana in the United States has resulted in 15 million people have become prisoners in our jails. According to the California Legislative Analysts and the Director of Finance an estimate of at least several tens of millions of dollars can be saved on the costs of incarceration of marijuana offenders. In addition to this extra revenue, there can potentially be major taxes and fees which the state of California could have access to, in regards to the production and sale of marijuana products, if proposition 19 would have passed.
During the 2010 November elections in California, Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational marijuana use by a person over the age of 21, did not pass. Proposition 19 gave California Voters a chance to remedy the evils of the war on drugs, a war without foundation or cause, which has haunted American’s citizens who have been incarcerated for simply possessing or smoking marijuana. Undoubtedly, the criminalization of marijuana has been a fraud on the American people from the very beginning of the war on drugs.
This is true even if the United States government knew that marijuana posed less of a risk to American Society than alcohol, making it far easier to arrest those people who use and possess marijuana. As a result, the criminalization of marijuana has only benefited those who profit from the illegal cultivation and sale of marijuana.
Title: The Fraudulent Criminalization of Marijuana
Author: William John Cox
Publication Truthout, October 4, 2010
Faculty Evaluator: James Dean, Sonoma State University
Student Researcher : Pedro Perez, Sonoma State University