RAND Study: Marijuana Use Rises While Consumption Of Cocaine, Methamphetamine Falls

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 18, 2014

    A rise in the self-reported consumption of cannabis during the years 2006 to 2010 corresponds with a significant decline in Americans’ use of cocaine and methamphetamine during this same time period, according to a new RAND study commissioned by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

    Researchers estimate that Americans increased their consumption of cannabis by approximately 30 percent during the years 2006 to 2010. During this same time, authors estimated that the public’s use of cocaine and methamphetamine declined, with Americans’ use of cocaine falling by half.

    Americans’ consumption of heroin remained largely stable throughout the decade, the study reported. According to statistics compiled by the US Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration, an estimated 4.5 million Americans have tried heroin in their lifetimes. By comparison, an estimated 12 million Americans have tried methamphetamine, 37.5 million have tried cocaine, and 111 million have consumed cannabis.

    Authors estimated that Americans spent approximately one trillion dollars on the purchase of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine between 2000 and 2010.

    Commenting on the report, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said, “These figures belie that notion that marijuana exposure is an alleged ‘gateway’ to the use of other illicit substances and instead suggest that for some people, cannabis may be a substitute for other so-called ‘hard drugs’ or even an exit drug.”

    Survey data published in 2013 in the journal Addiction Research & Theory reported that among a cohort of medical marijuana consumers, 75 percent of subjects acknowledged that they used cannabis it as a substitute for prescription drugs, alcohol, or some other illicit substance.

    A 2010 study published in the Harm Reduction Journal reported that cannabis-using adults enrolled in substance abuse treatment programs fared equally or better than nonusers in various outcome categories, including treatment completion.

    Full text of the study, “”What America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs, 2000-2010,” is available online from the Office of National Drug Control Policy here.

    12 Responses to “RAND Study: Marijuana Use Rises While Consumption Of Cocaine, Methamphetamine Falls”

    1. Dave Evans says:

      The material known as marijuana does not need to be reschedules, that should not be a goal of ours. It should not even be on the schedule. Placing it there is what is called, “Activist Legislation”. The lawmakers are trying to turn marijuana into a damaging, dangerous material with Activist Legislation. They want marijuana to be connected to cocaine and other drugs and this is exactly how they structure society so people have this false association between marijuana usage and the usage of illegal drugs.

      I’m not sure why judges haven’t knocked these scam laws down. All I cdan think of is, they are on the take, they don’t care, or they are just too stupid to understand the difference between marijuana and cocaine. So are there any judges that can answer why you allow police and prosecutors to lie in your courtrooms over and over and over again???

    2. chris says:

      How is it
      That we can spend money to dream about going to mars and we send millions of dollars worth of machines there, but whenever I research who is in charge of getting cannabis removed from the C.S.A. , all I can find is a bucnh of people including our president , pointing fingers and saying its not up to me, or us, so NO.
      This isnt as hard as it seems anymore…..I say if the haters are worried about what cannabis consumers are putting into their bodies , then its time for cannabis consumers to worry about the rest of the USA consumers…….

      I say we should have coffee put on the C.S.A. it doesnt have to be a schedual 1
      it just needs to be put where you should have test ran to see if you can have it , you know for medical reasons of health…then obtain a recomindation for you java…..

      I know its a long shot and I know coffee will still be shipped in to the U.S.in a new market but maybe we should start worring about crap that means nothing but make it sound like it does….kinda like the consumption of cannabis has been labeled……
      People are more likly to be in danger of consuming coffee then cannabis……
      how do I know this?
      because its legal to run test on coffee…..
      SO I say lets start talking about changing stuff that people take for granit…….
      Even reading this sounds stupid to me,,,, and it will to the haters as well…..
      If you cant put on the shoes and walk a mile in them , it makes you a one sided story…..

      Cannabis isnt the cure for the world, or the right answer for everyone……it is however The safest choice that a responible adult should have in his or her life without consequences…..other then the obvious……

      So sick of it all

      As always
      thanks for reading

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