Chart of the Day: World Cannabis Laws
The chart above (click to enlarge) shows how marijuana laws vary around the world.
Note: When it comes to cannabis, the U.S. (most states) is more of a police state than even Russia or Iran. For example, smoking pot in Iran is technically illegal but enforcement is next to nothing.
We arrest 1.7 million Americans annually for drugs (including marijuana), and will spend about $50 billion this year on the "War on Drugs." See the "Drug War Clock" here (updated every second) - we've spent about $30 billion so far this year on that war... By comparison, the War in Iraq cost $50 billion during the first full year (2003), increased in each of the following years, reaching about $100 billion in 2006.