Comments on United Nations pot report

Calvina Fay of the Drug Free America Foundation highlights points from the cannabis section of Here Are The Countries That Smoke The Most Marijuana:

  • Cannabis herb (they make a distinction between herb and resin) – seizures in North America account for 64% of worldwide seizures
  • US outdoor eradication rates significantly dropped (6,470 in 2012 from 23, 622 in 2011) but it is unclear if this was due to declining law enforcement activity in that area or to increasing legal grows due to new laws in CO and WA
  • In 2012, 2.7-4.9% of the population aged 15-64 years were estimated to have used cannabis – laws are changing to accommodate this few people
  • Over the past 5 years (in N America, the largest cannabis herb market), prevalence rates in the US rose but fell in Canada between 2008-2011, increasing again 2011-2012
  • In the US, between 2006-2010 there was a 59% increase in cannabis-related ER visits and a 14% increase in cannabis-related treatment admissions
  • Expert analyses predicts that legalisation of cannabis will most likely reduce production costs which would in turn be expected to decrease prices overtime. Since cannabis consumption responds to prices, the lower prices will likely lead to high consumption. It is estimated that for each 10% drop in price there will be an about 3% increase in total users and a 3-5% increase in youth initiation.