should we legalize?

saw this interesting table comparing the us and netherlands. keep in mind netherlands has a very lax drug policy.

Social Indicator USA   Netherlands  
Lifetime prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 36.9%
1
17.0%
2
Past month prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 5.4%
1
3.0%
2
Lifetime prevalence of heroin use (ages 12+) 1.4%
1
0.4%
2
Incarceration Rate per 100,000 population 701
3
100
4
Per capita spending on criminal justice system (in Euros) €379
5
€223
5
Homicide rate per 100,000 population 5.56
6
1.51
6

i’m not a smoker myself but i know many others who do. it’s interesting when our jails are full of drug criminals and not enough child molesters, bank cheats, robbers, etc. do you think we’d be better off decriminalizing personal drug consumption and maybe focus on the greater ills of society?

source [presscue]

One Reply to “should we legalize?”

  1. I’m not a pot smoker, but I have to agree with you on this one.

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