"Addictiveness" of Marijuana
Addictiveness of Marijuana vs. Five Commonly Used Drugs
An excellent report of a Washington State study of the costs and the impact to society associated with substance abuse.
The Impact of Substance Abuse on Criminal Justice and Public Health
Why does the federal government say marijuana has no medical use?
Because the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is required by law to lie about all schedule 1 controlled substances.
12) shall ensure that no Federal funds appropriated to the Office of National Drug Control Policy shall be expended for any study or contract relating to the legalization (for a medical use or any other use) of a substance listed in schedule I of section 812 of this title and take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that—
(A) is listed in schedule I of section 812 of this title; and
(B) has not been approved for use for medical purposes by the Food and Drug Administration;
The proposed legislation may result in significant but indeterminate expenditure reductions for charging and trying fewer misdemeanor and felony crimes. There is also expected to be a reduction in jail sentences due to fewer misdemeanor convictions. Jail sentences are a local expense. These reductions may total over $13.5 million annually for fewer arrests, trials, and local jail sentences. Expenditure reductions include approximately $5,489,100 in felony cases and $8,284,006 in misdemeanor cases. State Patrol show 8,273 adult arrests in 2008 for possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana and 8,625 for paraphernalia. The cost of an arrest for similar misdemeanor crimes averages $375.