Efficacy and Impact: The Criminal Justice Response to Marijuana Policy in the United States

August 25, 2005
Jason Ziedenberg and Jason Colburn
Justice Policy Institute

Law enforcement has been at the center of federal spending on criminal justice responses to drug use for decades. Leading national indicators of drug use and drug violations will show that 1) there is no clear relationship between drug arrests and drug use, and that 2) the impact of increased arrests, convictions and incarcerations of people for marijuana offenses has significant and measurable “collateral consequences” on communities and individuals.