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Chapter 6, we presented an overview of data on cannabis use. We round out
th description of the situation in the United States with a number of tables on
certain selected indicators.
Estimated Domestic U.S. Drug Consumption (in Metric Tons)
1997 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Past Illicit Drug Use
Drug Prices and Purity Levels: Selected Years 1981-1998
National Drug Control Budget
Adults in Custody of State or Federal Prisons or Local Jails, 1989-1999
Correctional population in the United States: selected statistics for 1997
In 1997, an estimated 5.7 million
adult residents of the U.S. (or approximately 2.8% of all U.S. adult residents)
were under some form of correctional supervision. Approximately 70% were
supervised in the community, through probation or parole. About 9.0% of black
adults were under correctional supervision; for white adults, the figure was 2.0%
and for other races it totalled 1.3%.
Federal drug prosecutions: selected statistics for 1999
During 1999 U.S. attorneys initiated
investigations involving 117,994 suspects. Of these suspects, 32% were
investigated for drug offences. Suspects in criminal matters involving drug
offences were more likely to be prosecuted in a U.S. district court (77%) as
opposed to suspects involved in violent offences (59%), public order offences
(53%) or property offences (50%). Of those convicted of felony drug offences in
federal court in 1999, 93% received prison sentences. The average sentence of
all offenders sentenced in federal court in 1999 was 57.8 months; for drug
offenders, the average was 75.4 months.
DEA seizures of non-drug property – 1997
fiscal year 1997, the Drug Enforcement Agency made 15,860 seizures of non‑drug
property pursuant to drug forfeiture laws. The total value of this property is
estimated at $552 million.
 Source: Office of
National Drug Control Policy, 2000. What
America’s Users Spend on Illegal Drugs, 1988‑1998.
 Source: Office of
National Drug Control Policy, Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse. Drug Data Summary, April 1999.
 These figures represent
funds specified for the purpose of supporting the goals and objectives of the
National Drug Control Strategy and include funds budgeted for various
departments, including Defence, Education, Justice, State, and Treasury,.
Source: National Drug Control Budget
Executive Summary, Fiscal Year 2002, Office of National Drug Control
Policy, April 9, 2001.
 Source: Crime in the United States: Uniform Crime
Reports, U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (1990‑2000).
 Sources: Bureau of
Justice Statistics Bulletin, Prisoners in
1999 (Aug. 2000), Prisoners in 1998
(Aug. 1999), Prisoners in 1997 (Aug.
1998), Correctional Populations in the
United States, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989. Jails and Jail Inmates, 1993‑94. Jail Inmates, 1992; 1990. Data for 1997
percentages of drug offenders are estimated from Bureau of Justice Statistics, Substance Abuse and Treatment, State and
Federal Prisoners, 1997 (January 1999) and unpublished Bureau of Prisons
 Source: Correctional Populations in the United
States, 1997, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice,
 Source: U.S. Compendium of Federal Judicial
Statistics, 1999, (April 2001).
 Source: Official of
National Drug Control Policy, Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse, Drug Data Summary, April 1999.
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Licit and Illicit Drugs
Short History of the Marijuana Laws
The Drug Hang-Up
Congressional Transcripts of the Hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937
Frequently Asked Questions About Drugs
Basic Facts About the Drug War
Charts and Graphs about Drugs
Information on Alcohol
Guide to Heroin - Frequently Asked Questions About Heroin
LSD, Mescaline, and Psychedelics
Drugs and Driving
Children and Drugs
Drug Abuse Treatment Resource List
American Society for Action on Pain
Let Us Pay Taxes
Marijuana Business News
Reefer Madness Collection
Medical Marijuana Throughout History
Drug Legalization Debate
Legal History of American Marijuana Prohibition
Marijuana, the First 12,000 Years
DEA Ruling on Medical Marijuana
Legal References on Drugs
GAO Documents on Drugs
Response to the Drug Enforcement Agency
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