Posted @ NORML: August 6, 1997



A report prepared by the
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the
"Marijuana Tax Act of 1937."

August 2, 1997

Summary - Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V - Part VI - Part VII - Part VIII - References

Table of Contents
Executive Summary

I. Marijuana Use in America Before 1937;
Sowing the Seeds for Prohibition

II. Marijuana Prohibition Is a Failure;
Millions of Americans Smoke Marijuana Despite Laws Outlawing Its Use

III. Law Enforcement Arrests a Marijuana Smoker Every 54 Seconds in America
at a Tremendous Cost to Society

IV. Nonviolent Marijuana Offenders Often Serve Longer Sentences
Than Rapists or Murderers

V. Marijuana Prohibition Costs Taxpayers at Least $7.5 Billion Annually

VI. Marijuana Prohibition Makes No Exception for Medical Users

VII. It Is Time to End Marijuana Prohibition and
Stop Arresting Otherwise Law-Abiding Marijuana Smokers

VIII. Addendum: The Principles of Responsible Use

* References

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