Below is a statement from Art Way, Colorado Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance:
“Marijuana is increasingly a mainstream political issue – more than 100 million Americans have used it in their lifetime and 50% now support its legalization. While 4/20 is a celebratory occasion, marijuana is at the epicenter of a catastrophic war on drugs that is destroying as many lives as ever. More than 750,000 people are arrested every year for nothing more than a low-level marijuana possession – nearly half of all drug arrests and twice the amount of marijuana possession arrests as in the 1980s. Once you're arrested, even for just a small amount of marijuana, you can lose much more than just your freedom – you can lose your job, financial aid, housing, and even custody of your children.
It's time to end nearly a century of marijuana prohibition. This policy has failed as badly as alcohol prohibition. And the common sense solution is the same: regulate it.”