The United States has 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's prisoners. Despite economic troubles, the undeniable failure of a "War on Drugs" in a culture with soaring prescription drug market and public sentiment supporting legalization and medical use of marijuana the facts speak for themselves. It's one way to fuel the Prison Industrial Complex revenues!
Public support for liberalizing marijuana laws is at an all-time high, and as of the November election, 18 states have legalized the drug, either for medical or recreational purposes. Law enforcement, however, seems unmoved by the legalization movement. According to a new FBI report, police arrested more people for marijuana possession than for violent crime in 2011.
President Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, have stressed on numerous occasions that the federal government would not waste resources on prosecuting marijuana users who comply with their state laws. Yet Obama’s Justice Department continue to crack down on medical marijuana distributors at a rate far higher than his predecessors.