Americans are getting more stoned and snorting less blow. At least that appears to be the consensus of the latest RAND Drug Policy Research Center report, which indicates cocaine consumption was down nearly 50 percent in 2010 as opposed to what was in 2006, while the stoner nation managed to chief up a solid 40 percent more weed in the same span of time.
Researchers say that over the course of the past decade, there has been a significant increase in people reporting daily marijuana use, as well as a shift in where drug users are spending their money. While cocaine received more of the working-class dollar than marijuana at the turn of the millennium, the latest statistics show that more people have now switched from speed to weed. However, heroin still remains a constant favorite.
The report suggests the American public is spending in upwards of $100 billion a year on cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine, which comes to an impressive $1 trillion generated from illicit drug sales in the United States over the past ten years.
“Having credible estimates of the number of heavy drug users and how much they spend is critical for evaluating policies, making decisions about treatment funding and understanding the drug revenues going to criminal organizations,” said Beau Kilmer, the study's lead author and co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. “This work synthesizes information from many sources to present the best estimates to date for illicit drug consumption and spending in the United States.”
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy commissions the annual RAND report, which studies the drug habits of nearly 70,000 individuals through the Absentee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program, whose funding was recently suspended by the federal government.
The report encompasses statistics on illegal drugs, and does not account for legal marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.