Originally Posted by keep it simple
Just for interest.
USA figures for consumption at sometime over a 12 month period
Marijuana 25.77 million 10.3% of population.
The Netherlands figures for consumption at sometime over a 12 month period
Marijuana 5.4% of population.
Interesting that the country that operates an open supply policy (registered coffee shops, but still illegal drug status), takes it out of the hands of criminals, yet seeks to educate, has half the consumption in terms of percentage of population. Just in case you believe in the gateway theory, the Dutch have half the percentage users of coke too.
Same thing happened during 1920s liquor and beer prohibition. Social drinking in the US increased by 400% . In the South Side of Chicago alone, legal drinking establishments in 1916 (4 years before prohibition) numbered less than 10. By 1924 (four years into prohibition) there were over 600 illegal ones. Bottom line is you just don't get very far telling an American what to do when it regards a social behavior. The good news was that almost all of those 600+ venues hired a drummer.