"The figures for cannabis use among the general population reveal the same pictures. The Netherlands does not differ greatly from other European countries. In contrast, a comparison with the US shows a striking difference in this area: 32.9% of Americans aged 12 and above have experience with cannabis and 5.1% have used in the past month. These figures are twice as high as those in the Netherlands."
That pretty much demolishes the argument that decriminalizing marijuana will increase the use of it. How about the argument that decriminalizing marijuana will lead to more use of harder drugs?
"The prevalence figures for cocaine use in the Netherlands do not differ greatly from those for other European countries. However, the discrepancy with the United States is very large. The percentage of the general population who have used cocaine at some point is 10.5% in the US, five times higher than in the Netherlands. The percentage who have used cocaine in the past month is 0.7% in the US, compared with 0.2% in the Netherlands.*"
The War on Drugs has been a complete and utter failure. To tell yourself otherwise is to delude yourself. I wonder if they care?
When Sarah Palin is closer to fact-based policy than you are, there's something wrong. But nobody in government seems all that interested in decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana. I guess it's up to us to change the laws.