sfg Fun facts about POT! Average US Prison Sentance served for murder charge: 6.3 years Average US Prison Sentance served for pot charge: 10 years Change in number of Americans jailed for non-violent drug offenses since 1980: +800% Pot users busted every year: More than 700,000 Amount of tax money the Office of National Drug Control Policy spent on fighting marijuana: 18.1 billion Amount of tax money the Office of National Drug Control Policy spent on fighting cocaine: 1.3 billion Number of Americans who have tried pot within the last 10 years: 70 million (out of 290+ million citizens) Rank of marijuana, among all US cash crops: 1 Estimate annual sales of pot in the US: 32 billion dollars Sales tax revenue that could be generated by marijuana if it were taxed at 6%: 1.9 billion dollars Amount of decrease in health care benefits in 2001: 1.6 billion dollars A recent poll in USA Today stated that 1 in 3 Americans believed legalizing marijuana was a good idea. Percentage of Teens in Holland (where pot is LEGAL) who have tried pot: 28 percent Percentage of Teens in America (where pot is ILLEGAL) who have tried pot: 41 percent Nixon (as president) appointed a committee whose task was evaluating the "threat" of pot on the "everyman." The committee embarassed Nixon by recommending decriminalization of marijuana because "it's use, in and of itself, is neither causitive of nor directly associated with crime." Nixon ignored this report and disbanded the committee. In 1999 under Clinton, General Barry McCaffery (an anti-drug proponent) found "that very few regular users developed a dependance on marijuana, and, in fact, they appear less likely to do so than users of other drugs." Holland's per capita root consumption (the amount of pot consumed per citizen) is much lower than America's. Even though pot is sold in every coffee shop, and in some fast food restaurants. Approximate increase in annual budget for US drug control since 1980: 35 billion dollars George Washington grew cannabis, Shakespeare smoked it in pipes, King James the First (who commissioned the most popular version of the holy Bible) orderd hemp to be grown in his settlement at Jamestown, the ancient Egyptian Pharoahs and Priests dabbled in Opium and Cocaine use, and Doctor Sigmund Freud (psychoanalyst, retainer to the title "creator of Oedipus Complex (where a boy kills his father and lusts after his mother)") considered his cocaine use "medicinal" and perscribed marijuana and cocaine to patients as "local anesthetic." So yeah. Just some interesting facts gained from around the web.