August 2, 1997 marked the 60th anniversary of the Marijuana Tax Act,
the de facto start of marijuana prohibition in America. In commemoration
of this dubious anniversary, the National Organization for the Reform of
Marijuana Laws (NORML), has issued a report called "Still crazy after
all these years: Marijuana prohibition 1937 - 1997."
The report reminds us, among other things, that American taxpayers are
spending over $7.5 billion in federal dollars per year to enforce marijuana
prohibition, that non-violent marijuana offenders often serve longer sentences
than many rapists and murderers, that another marijuana arrest happens
every 54 seconds, and that an estimated 70 million Americans have been
made into criminals in the eyes of the law for having ingested this non-toxic
substance at one time or another.
"Still Crazy" is an interesting, often eye-opening look at
the folly of America's 60 year-old war on marijuana users. You can find
the report on NORML's web site at http://www.norml.org/warcrimes/crazy/index.shtml.
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Issue #6, 8/8/97
National household Survey Results: Teen Marijuana use levels off. Heroin use up among 18-25 year-olds | Needle Exchange: Two Representatives have introduced a bill to lift the ban on federal funding | International: Foreign press gets real about the War on Drugs | Medical Marijuana: Breaking News: NIH Medical Marijuana Panel Releases Report | 60th Anniversary of Marijuana Prohibition | Quote of the Week: It's time... | Link of the Week: Esequiel Hernandez | Editorial: If the US government could make the illegal drug trade disappear, would it?
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