UN Drug Report: Marijuana Legalization Will Increase Number Of Cannabis Users

For every 10% decline in prices, there will be a 3% rise in cannabis users, according to the UN's 2014 World Drug Report.

Legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado is expected to drive prices down, resulting in an increase in the total number of pot users, says the United Nation's 2014 World Drug Report.

The cost of cannabis production is said to decrease with legalization, putting a downward pressure on prices. According to the UN report, for every 10% drop in the cost of marijuana, there will be a 3% rise in cannabis users, including a 3% to 5% increase in youths trying cannabis for the first time. With growing acceptance of marijuana, the report says the number of cannabis-related hospitalizations has increased as well. Between 2006 and 2010, there was a 59% jump in marijuana-related emergency visits as well as a 14% increase in cannabis-related treatment admissions.

Though the legal sale of cannabis will provide additional revenue to state coffers, Washington and Colorado have incurred significant costs to regulate the industry and prevent abuse of the drug, the report found. According to some experts, drug cartels have lost close to $3 billion in revenue due to the legalization of cannabis in those two states. The decline of prices in the U.S. could also spill over to Mexico, further driving down the going rate of the drug.

However, the report notes that Washington and Colorado make up a very small percentage of the cannabis market, so the overall impact on cartels appears to be modest, especially around other drug markets, including cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

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  • Hugh Stoner

    I think more users of marijuana is a good thing, so hopefully the UN report is right. I actually think they underestimate future cannabis usage by quite a bit. I think just about 70% of Americans will use marijuana in many forms by year 2020. Clothes, food, oil, medicine, paper, recreation, Building materials, plastics. I'll say medicine again because they have proven than cannabis kills cancer without harming cells, it can be used as a neuroprotectant. Bob Marley was right Herb will heal the nation and the world.

  • Malcolm Kyle

    That recipe (Exodus 30:23) includes about 6 pounds of “kaneh-bosen”.

    According to many biblical scholars, “kaneh-bosen” was/is Marijuana. Most of the diseases mentioned as being healed miraculously after anointing are, curiously, the same ones that cannabis can heal today. Things like epilepsy, leprosy, and “crooked limbs” (an obvious reference to multiple sclerosis).

    Exodus 30: 23 Moreover, the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even 250 shekels, and of qaneh-bosm [cannabis] 250 shekels, 24 And of cassia 500 shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary, and of oil olive an hin: 25 And thou shalt make it an oil of holy anointment, an ointment compound after the art of the apothecary: it shall be an holy ano

  • Taalib Scaramanga Adanse

    Firstly it's ridiculous to try and quantify how many people would start smoking. Such a disappointing and baseless fact. Also 3 billion loss to cartels should championed as a victory. I have to say I thought this paper was actually going to mean something by dispelling myths and demonisation of cannabis. It seems the UN have as always fulfilled their purpose which is to maintain the status quo of Americas ruling class

  • Wes Day

    So? The PLANT hasn't been proven to kill anyone like alcohol/pills/tobacco, etc.

    Legalizing cannabis protects our family, friends, and neighbors from the undue consequences of an AT WORST poor use of time.

    It's so nice watching the world wake up.