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ONDCP Has Failed to Cut Marijuana Use, Misused Treatment Stats, New Report Shows

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Nug of the Month: Aug 2008
(Washington, N.Y.) The major U.S. government study of drug use shows that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has badly failed to meet its own goals for reducing use of marijuana and other illegal drugs, according to a pair of new reports by George Mason University senior fellow Jon Gettman, Ph.D. In addition, ONDCP and its chief, “Drug Czar” John Walters, have misused treatment statistics to suggest that marijuana is dangerously addictive when the government’s own data suggest that arrest-driven treatment admissions have wasted tax dollars by treating thousands who were not truly drug-dependent.

“The government’s own statistics demolish the White House drug czar’s claims of success in his obsessive war on marijuana,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. Kampia noted that during Walters’ tenure, ONDCP has released at least 127 separate anti-marijuana TV, radio and print ads and 34 press releases focused mainly on marijuana, in addition to 50 reports from ONDCP and other federal agencies on marijuana or anti-marijuana campaigns. “The most intense war on marijuana since ‘Reefer Madness,’ including record numbers of arrests every year since 2003, has wasted billions of dollars and produced nothing except pain and ruined lives.”

Gettman, who made international headlines in December 2006 with an analysis showing that marijuana is the top cash crop in the United States, noted the following in his new report:

In 2007 there were 14.5 million current users of marijuana in the United States, compared with 14.6 million in 2002, while the number of Americans who have ever used marijuana actually increased.
ONDCP has not come close to meeting its goal of reducing illegal drug use by 25 percent by 2007.

There was a marked jump in the percentage of marijuana treatment admissions referred by the criminal justice system from 1992 to 2006, while just 45 percent of marijuana admissions met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for marijuana dependence.

With more than 25,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.


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obiwannatokie

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The treatment statistics make me laugh everytime. What a great way to shoot yourself in the foot ONDCP. The Director of NORML Allen St. Pierre was debating a representative from the ONDCP on c-span and he mentioned the treatment stats. and Allen St. Pierre did not miss a beat to add that over 50% of are court orders. The ONDCP rep. did alot of stuttering after that. Also every call-in was in opposition to marijuana prohibition, including calls from republicans.
 

Abikai

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I hope that when the UN reviews that its the biggest cash crop maybe they would see it would be a profitable addition to the worlds failing economy... :peace:
 
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