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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How Many People Have Died from a Marijuana Overdose?

The Huffington Post has some details:
Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Marijuana Overdose

The answer is, of course, ZERO.  A big, fat ZERO!

In fact, long before a person could die from Cannabis poisoning via smoking, they would be dead from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Now, how many innocent people have been victims of "the War on Drugs"?  I'm not sure there's any official answer, but the slide show at the bottom of the "HuffPo" article discusses a few of them.  Figures from Mexico's "War on Drugs" are available (as noted below with reference to the WSJ).

How many violations of the Bill of Rights have occurred as a result of "the War on Drugs"?  I doubt there are any hard figures on this, but the number would obviously exceed the number of those innocents who died as a result of "the War on Drugs."

How many violent offenders have been released early due to Federal laws requiring "mandatory minimum sentences" for any drug crime, including non-violent possession and use?  The WSJ has some figures on numbers of people incarcerated in the US, connected to "the War on Drugs."

How much money is spent annually on "the War on Drugs"?  Again, the WSJ provides an estimate of this.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Total current spending is estimated at over $40 billion a year. ...
The total number of persons incarcerated in state and federal prisons in the U.S. has grown from 330,000 in 1980 to about 1.6 million today. Much of the increase in this population is directly due to the war on drugs and the severe punishment for persons convicted of drug trafficking. About 50% of the inmates in federal prisons and 20% of those in state prisons have been convicted of either selling or using drugs. The many minor drug traffickers and drug users who spend time in jail find fewer opportunities for legal employment after they get out of prison, and they develop better skills at criminal activities. ...

Mexico offers a well-documented example of some of the costs involved in drug wars. Probably more than 50,000 people have died since Mexico's antidrug campaign started in 2006. ...
Read more:  Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

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