New Poll: 54% of Americans Support Legalizing Cannabis, 75% Believe it to be Inevitable

A survey released today by the Pew Research Center has found that regardless of their personal views on the matter, 75% of those in the United Stateslegalizemeyo believe cannabis legalization to be inevitable. According to the survey, 54% of Americans support the move to legalize cannabis.

According to results of the poll, 67% of those in America support treatment over incarceration for the use of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin. 76% favor less penalties than are currently applied.

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United Nations: Criminal Sanctions for Drug Use Are “Not Beneficial”

By Drug Policy Alliance

Drug Decriminalization Rapidly Emerging as Consensus Goal of Drug Policy, Public Safety and Health Stakeholders

Today, a key working group of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced the release of groundbreaking recommendations discouraging criminal sanctions for drug useunitednations. The Scientific Consultation Working Group on Drug Policy, Health and Human Rights of the UNODC – which includes Nora Volkow, head of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – is releasing the recommendations at the High-Level Segment of the 57th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs. The working group recommendations say “criminal sanctions are not beneficial” in addressing the spectrum of drug use and misuse.

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New Study: Over One Trillion Dollars Spent on Illegal Drugs Between 2000 and 2010 in U.S.

A new study conducted by the RAND Corporation has found that in recent years cocaine use has dropped substantially, while cannabis use has risen. According to theStack Of Cash data, drug users in the United States spend over $100 billion annually on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

“This work synthesizes information from many sources to present the best estimates to date for illicit drug consumption and spending in the United States”, says Beau Kilmer, the study’s lead author and co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. “Our analysis shows that Americans likely spent more than one trillion dollars on cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine between 2000 and 2010.”

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High IQ Linked to Increased Drug Use, According to Study

A study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that those with a high IQ as a child are more likely to use illegal drugs as young adults.highiq

For the study, researchers used data from roughly 8,000 people from the British Cohort Study, a large ongoing population study which examines lifetime drug use, socioeconomic factors, and education levels. IQ scores were measured at the ages of 5 and 10; years later, data was gathered on drug use at the age of 16, and again at the age of 30.

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