Driven by the Drug War, over 749,000 people were arrested in 2012 in the United States for marijuana-related offenses alone, thus bringing the nation’s prison population to be nearly ten times as high as countries in Western Europe. As thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens continue to be put behind bars each year, it is clear that marijuana prohibition has caused far more problems for the nation than it resolves. While the public and many state leaders have jumped on the bandwagon for cannabis reform, the federal government has notoriously been lagging behind on the issue. However, marijuana is having a very good year in Congress so far. The following are some of the ways federal politicians are now working to accommodate popular state laws in an effort to drive cannabis reform on a national level.
As three-fourths of Americans now indicate that national marijuana legalization is inevitable, regardless of whether they support it or not, it seems that the United States is on the brink of change. In a recent telephone survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 75% of both supporters and opponents of legal marijuana reported that it will eventually be legal nationwide for individuals to sell and use pot without criminal offense. While 39% of respondents declared that cannabis should be legal for personal use and 44% said it should be legal for medicinal use only, just 16% of the Americans surveyed believed marijuana should be illegal for all.