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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

US tweeters resolve to smoke more marijuana in 2014

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Although I tend to agree with the arguments of those who contend that the War on Drugs has caused more problems than it has solved, I'm still instinctively sceptical about the merits of legalising drugs on the basis that it's always a lot harder to get the genie back in the bottle.

Legalisation stokes demand for marijuana

Although I tend to agree with the arguments of those who contend that the War on Drugs has caused more problems than it has solved, I’m still instinctively sceptical about the merits of legalising drugs on the basis that it’s always a lot harder to get the genie back in the bottle.

One of the things that legalisation would probably stimulate, at least initially, is increased demand. This viewpoint appears to be borne out  by the infographic below developed by the Coalition Against Drug Abuse which analysed tweets concerned with New Year’s resolutions. Probably as a result of the legalisation of marijuana in many US states (see this account by the Economist on how the legal market works in Colorado), they found many more people resolving to smoke more cannnabis in 2014 than those seeking to give up.

 

marijuana resolution infographic

I’d be interested to hear your views on legalisation via the comments section below.

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