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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:00 pm    Post subject: Marijuana Use Reply with quote

Anonymous:

We have legalized marijuana (in Colorado), which should help the general overpopulation of prisons that is occurring in the United States.

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PeakTrader:

How does more pot heads, like more alcoholics, reduce crime?

A drink in one hand and a joint in the other is a powerful combination.

At least you can’t get drunk on a glass of wine.

When you decriminalize or legalized something, you get more of it:

Marijuana use, disorders doubled since 2001
Reuters
Oct 22, 2015

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/22/us-health-marijuana-use-disorders-idUSKCN0SF2NC20151022

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Anonymous:

Because they are economic substitutes, not economic compliments.

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PeakTrader:

The proportion of the U.S. population using alcohol hasn’t changed much:

http://www.gallup.com/poll/1582/alcohol-drinking.aspx

http://www.gallup.com/poll/141656/drinking-rate-edges-slightly-year-high.aspx

However, U.S. consumption of stronger drinks increased:

http://blogs.wsj.com/numbers/anatomy-of-american-alcohol-consumption-1522/

Yet, marijuana users doubled. Perhaps, marijuana has become stronger?

Is turning most Americans into pot heads a worthy goal?

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Baffling, if you read the article, marijuana abuse and dependence doubled too.

The U.S. had the drug revolution in the ’60s and ’70s that came out of hell and spread like wildfire when drug laws were lax and lenient.

The reality is tough laws, like hanging horse thieves in the Old West, are very effective in preventing crimes.

There are other ways to measure changes in drug or alcohol usage:

Actually, Prohibition Was a Success
New York Times
October 16, 1989

“What everyone ”knows” about Prohibition is that it was a failure. But the conventional view of Prohibition is not supported by the facts.

First, the regime created in 1919 by the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act, which charged the Treasury Department with enforcement of the new restrictions, was far from all-embracing. The amendment prohibited the commercial manufacture and distribution of alcoholic beverages; it did not prohibit use, nor production for one’s own consumption. Moreover, the provisions did not take effect until a year after passage -plenty of time for people to stockpile supplies.

Second, alcohol consumption declined dramatically during Prohibition. Cirrhosis death rates for men were 29.5 per 100,000 in 1911 and 10.7 in 1929. Admissions to state mental hospitals for alcoholic psychosis declined from 10.1 per 100,000 in 1919 to 4.7 in 1928.

Arrests for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct declined 50 percent between 1916 and 1922. For the population as a whole, the best estimates are that consumption of alcohol declined by 30 percent to 50 percent.

Third, violent crime did not increase dramatically during Prohibition. Homicide rates rose dramatically from 1900 to 1910 but remained roughly constant during Prohibition’s 14 year rule. Organized crime may have become more visible and lurid during Prohibition, but it existed before and after.

Fourth, following the repeal of Prohibition, alcohol consumption increased. Today, alcohol is estimated to be the cause of more than 23,000 motor vehicle deaths and is implicated in more than half of the nation’s 20,000 homicides."

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