Missing the point; you’re claiming absolute numbers, but I’m invoking the disparity between users and violent or negligent criminals.
How big is this disparity? The 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated people who had used marijuana within a month as 22.2 million.
The number of total marijuana arrests, whether they were violent or not, was 643,121. Strip out people who were only being charged with possession, and you’re left with 68,480.
68,480, out of 22.2 million. That is 0.003%, and that’s assuming each arrest was a distinct person.
This shows that most users, even recreational ones, are functional, and don’t harm others.
Thus, you blame the actions of the few on the vast majority who harm no one. No different than if you were banning guns or alcohol.
> 3. Right; convince me that the vast majority of these efforts to legalize it for non recreational purposes
And again you missed the point.
Someone who uses non-psychoactive marijuana for treatment, harms no one. Someone who uses marijuana for industrial purposes harms no one. By definition.
So where is the justification for you punishing people for using the drug for productive purposes?
Answer: you don’t have one. You use the Gov’t to victimize these people, because you fail to draw a distinction in Marijuana law that even cocaine and heroine, as schedule 2 drugs, somehow get. This is a clear failure in policy.
You could absolutely make Marijuana for these things legal, while still outlawing THC content. You don’t, because, lawmakers are ******* lazy, and the anti-drug lobby doesn’t want to have to always go after harder targets.
> 4. Except that recreational use does indeed harm society.
And Enforcement doesn’t work as a means to control that harm. Prohibition showed us that; it’s the wrong tool, for the wrong job, creating more evils than it prevents.
This is tied to human nature, and the limits of civil power. Hence why, the Constitution does not grant the Federal Government power to police this in the first place.
It’s an overreach, and always has been.