From 1980 to 2021, annual drug-related arrests have exploded — more than 226,000 occur each year for cannabis possession alone. Worse, it hasn’t improved our country.
Despite spending $6 billion annually in cannabis enforcement efforts, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that there’s no consistent impact on American’s use of cannabis products.
This focus on drug enforcement has changed law enforcement methods and incentives, diverted limited resources away from violent crime, and damaged trust between police officers and their communities.
It’s time for a different approach that empowers states to make their own choices about cannabis regulations. Rep. Nancy Mace’s States Reform Act offers an important path forward, decriminalizing cannabis at the federal level and empowering states to regulate or prohibit as they see fit.
48 states have already passed their own reforms on cannabis. Tell Congress to get Washington out of their business and PASS the STATES Reform Act!