There are over 2.2 million people in prison in the United States, a number which represents 0.7% of the nation’s total population, or 743 people per 100,000. The US has the highest incarceration rate of any nation in the world. One in six of those prisoners is in jail for marijuana. That means that over half a million people are in prison for marijuana in the United States.
Isn’t it time to either admit that the drug war is lost, or do we want to be more of a police state than we already are?