Many marijuana users are being forced
by courts, cops, and corrections officers
to undergo drug treatment.
According to Project SAM, the nation’s leading anti-legalization group took data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that, marijuana comprised approximately 8% of all treatment admissions in 1993, but that number had increased to 18 percent by 2009. Overall, 1 in 5 marijuana treatment seekers checked themselves in voluntarily.
According to legalization advocate Tom Angell: Many cannabis consumers are being forced by courts, cops, and corrections officers to undergo drug treatment that they themselves don’t feel they actually need treatment,”
A researcher and addiction specialist of Stanford University Keith Humphries said in an email that being addicted to marijuana is generally less impairing than being addicted to cocaine or heroin, so people have relatively less interest in attending treatment on their own. He also said that criminal justice system is more merciful to marijuana dealers, where a person convicted of selling pot may be sent to treatment, a heroin or meth dealer is likely to be jail instead.
Natural recovery is also called spontaneous remission or self change, is the most frequent exit from all manner of problem behaviors, including abuse, or dependency on alcohol, illicit drugs, cigarettes, shopping and gambling,” wrote by drug policy experts Mark Kleiman, Angela Hawken and Jonathan Caulkins in their book “Drugs and Drug Policy.
Source: Washington post