Marijuana News Review Today:
Recent polls show that a majority of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. Some acknowledge that the “war on drugs” has failed and in some cases, like in the case of marijuana, it appears as though the war on marijuana may have been misguided. Our prisons are overpopulated due, in part to the prosecution of marijuana possession, and the nation is spending billions of dollars on the prosecution and incarceration of people arrested for drug violations. The strong armed tactics of the past may not have been the answer, but recent data on the use of drugs and alcohol may highlight more appropriate strategy.
Study on Drug and Alcohol Use News Update Today December 17, 2015:
Right now in the United States, 23 states have passed laws permitting medical marijuana, and 4 states have passed laws to allow the recreational use of marijuana. Marijuana reform has been gaining momentum over the last two decades and more states are expected to reform marijuana laws in 2016. Now, many argue against reform action because they believe, as they have been told during America’s “war on drugs, that marijuana is a gateway drug that will lead to additional drug use. However, according to a 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey conducted by the University of Michigan and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the use of alcohol and drugs other than marijuana by 8th, 10th, and 12th graders has been on the decline for two decades. This is significant news which could help to support the push to reform marijuana laws in the United States.
Survey Shows that Drug Use for Teens is Dropping:
One idea that advocates of marijuana reform are focused on is that based on the Monitoring the Future Survey, fewer teens are using drugs and alcohol now even though more states are legalizing marijuana. Over the last five years, the data in the study shows that the perceived risk of marijuana use has lowered and that marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders has lowered as well. According to Wilson Compton, the director of the National Institution on Drug Abuse, the relationship within this data is noteworthy and may work to reveal new conclusions regarding drug use and perception of drug use. Right now it appears as though the teenage group realizes that marijuana use may not be as harmful as some propaganda implies, but they also recognize that it is not something that they should use or abuse. These findings could be good news for the marijuana reform push in 2016.