THE FACTS

Since 1971, the War on Drugs has cost the United States an estimated $1.5T

$1,500,000,000,000
SPENT SINCE 1971

The federal government spends more than $9B per day incarcerating Americans convicted of drug offenses

$9,000,000,000
SPENT PER DAY

15,700,000
PEOPLE ARRESTED

15.7MM people were arrested for cannabis offenses in the last decade

1,250,000
PER YEAR

More than 1.25MM Americans are arrested for each year for drug possession

92%
PER YEAR

50% of all drug arrests are for cannabis. Of those, 92% are for possession

25
SECONDS

Every 25 seconds, someone in the United States is arrested for drug possession

94%
OF ARRESTS IN 2020

People of color made up 94% of cannabis arrests by the NYPD in 2020

75%
OF DRUG LAW VIOLATORS

Black and Latino individuals together make up 29% of the total U.S population, but more than 75% of drug law violators in state and federal prisons

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