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We all know the government is spending billions fighting the War on Drugs. But did you know these 10 astonishing facts? Here are some things you should know, by the numbers. Maybe it’s time for some reevaluation. Read on and see what you think.

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10 Mind Blowing Facts about the War on Drugs

By The Stoner's Cookbook

We all know the government is spending billions fighting the War on Drugs. But did you know these 10 astonishing facts? Here they are, by the numbers.

  • $51 Billion

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    This is the amount that the U.S. spends on the war on drugs annually. 

  • 1.53 million

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The number of people arrested annually on nonviolent drug charges.

  • 757,696

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation annually.

  • 87%

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The percentage of marijuana law violations that were arrested for possession only, approximately 659,195 people.

  • 70,000

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The number of people killed in Mexico’s drug war since 2006.

  • 200,000

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction.

  • 31,758

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The number of people in the U.S. that die each year from an accidental drug overdose.

  • 0

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The number of people in the world that have died from marijuana overdose. It's not possible.

  • 19 minutes

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Every 19 minutes, someone in the U.S. dies from accidental drug overdose, legal or otherwise.

  • $46.7 billion

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    The dollar value of the tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually. Coupled with the cost of the war on drugs, legalization would save the government nearly $100 billion.

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