Officials in Philly are trying to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. Meanwhile, Jennifer Bernal-Garcia reads through the 2010 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA):
While the failure of the "war on drugs" is an oft-rehashed theme, the NDTA goes into specifics. The availability of most illegal drugs -- heroin, marijuana, meth and MDMA -- throughout the country is increasing, mostly as a result of ramped-up production in Mexico. Apparently the costs resulting from lost productivity associated with drug abuse, the burden on the justice system, and the environmental impact of drug production are a staggering $215 billion.