2011 FBI Unified Crimes Report
Polls & Research
The annual FBI Unified Crimes Report tells us
arrests for drugs make up over 81% of all
arrests nationwide. Marijuana possess arrests
are over 42% of all drug arrests. Wow, NORML
said it well a decade ago, "You wonder why
In Florida, in 2011 over 38,000 were arrested,
taken to jail, fingerprinted and charged with
cannabis possession. It isn't one every 42
seconds but it is more than 1 every 15 minutes.
St. Pete Voters Reject Cannabis Prohibition
June 2012 -When a St. Pete polling company
asked 2764 voters about decriminalizing
cannabis the results confirm what we already
Would you support making the possession
of small amounts of marijuana a
non-criminal offense if it would free up
police resources and raise money for the
Yes: 69.6% No: 30.4%
Feb. 2010 - With Florida's prison population now
surpassing the 100,000 mark, powerful voices, a growing
number from the business community, are speaking out
about the alarming rate of prison growth and the
unsustainable spending necessary to maintain it.
The Collins Center for Public Policy released a
“Smart Justice” Findings and Recommendations for
Florida Criminal Justice Reform.
Dec. 2012 - MPP National Survey Results
Q1 Switching now to the topic of marijuana, do you
think the use of marijuana should be made
legal, or not?
Should be legal, feel strongly.......................... 33%
Should be legal, don't feel strongly ................ 25%
Should not be legal, feel strongly.................... 34%
Should not be legal, don't feel strongly ............ 5%
Not sure .............................................................. 3%
The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition
Jeffrey A. Miron
Visiting Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
•Government prohibition of marijuana is the subject of ongoing debate.
• One issue in this debate is the effect of marijuana prohibition on government budgets. Prohibition
entails direct enforcement costs and prevents taxation of marijuana production and sale.
• This report examines the budgetary implications of legalizing marijuana – taxing and regulating it like
other goods – in all fifty states and at the federal level.
• The report estimates that legalizing marijuana would save $7.7 billion per year in
government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. $5.3 billion of this savings
would accrue to state and local governments, while $2.4 billion would accrue to the
• The report also estimates that marijuana legalization would yield tax revenue of $2.4
billion annually if marijuana were taxed like all other goods and $6.2 billion annually if
marijuana were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco.
• Whether marijuana legalization is a desirable policy depends on many factors other than the budgetary
impacts discussed here. But these impacts should be included in a rational debate about marijuana