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Incredibly strict drug policies or the so-called war on drugs began in late 1960s under President Richard Nixon. They included “mandatory minimum sentences” imposed for low- level drug offences, and led to extreme growth of incarceration rate. Currently, about 2.5 million people are serving their time in American prisons with about half of them being imprisoned for drug offences. And what is also striking, African Americans and Latinos significantly outnumber the rest, even though the drugs are used equally by all ethnic groups.

Specific laws regarding cannabis vary across the states. However, according to the current federal law, handling, possession and use of cannabis is an offence. However, an increasing number of US states do not oblige these federal laws and act according their own state laws.

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