Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the War on Drugs: More than $51,000,000,000

Number of arrests in 2015 in the U.S. for drug law violations: 1,488,707

  • Number of these arrests that were for possession only: 1,249,025 (84 percent)

Number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2015: 643,121

  • Number of those charged with marijuna law violations who were arrested for possession only: 574,641(89 percent)

Number of Americans incarcerated in 2014 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,224,400 or 1 in every 111 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world.

Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison who are black or Latino, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 57 percent

Number of states that allow the medical use of marijuana: 29 + District of Columbia

Number of states that have approved legally taxing and regulating marijuana: 8 (Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington)

Number of states that have decriminalized or removed the threat of jail time for simple possession of small amounts of marijuana: 22

Number of people killed in Mexico's drug war since 2006: 100,000+

Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction: 200,000+


SOURCE: Drug Policy Alliance -