That would make the Drug Treatment and Recovery Services Fund « saturated with income, » as out-of-state users legally buy Oregon`s potent marijuana, Prozanski said in a phone interview. Those who profit most from prohibition are the organized crime barons, who make about $10 billion to $50 billion a year from the illicit drug trade. In fact, criminal drug laws protect drug dealers from taxation, regulation and quality control. These laws also support artificially high prices and ensure that commercial disputes between drug traffickers and their customers are not resolved in court, but with automatic weapons on the street. However, what is generally presented as a fairly simple process of lifting prohibitionist controls to reap these supposed benefits would actually mean addressing an extremely complex set of regulatory issues. As with most, if not all, goods supplied by individuals and public funds, the main regulatory issues concern the type of medicines legally available, the conditions under which they are supplied and the conditions under which they are consumed (see page 21). Initial attempts to change punitive drug laws introduced worldwide beginning in the late 1800s were primarily based on recreational use. Timothy Leary was one of the most prominent advocates for the legal and recreational use of LSD. In 1967, a rally was held in Britain on the theme of « legalizing pot ».  However, as the death toll from the war on drugs increased, other organizations began to form to campaign on a more political and humanitarian basis.
The Drug Policy Foundation was founded in America and Release, a charity that provides free legal advice to drug users and is currently campaigning for the decriminalization of drugs, which was also founded in the 1970s. Massachusetts makes it illegal to be in a place where heroin is stored and to be « in the company » of someone known to possess heroin. Anyone who is in the presence of heroin at a private party or dormitory risks a harsh drug sentence. The sale and possession of drug paraphernalia is illegal in Massachusetts. Under federal and certain state laws, participation in drug-related criminal activity may result in the seizure or loss of personal property and other property used in or derived from the proceeds of illegal activity. In addition, the conviction of a drug offence may result in civil fines and the denial or revocation of certain licences and benefits. During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, smugglers marketed small bottles of more than 100 Proof spirits because they were easier to hide than large, bulky kegs of beer. As a result, beer and wine consumption decreased, while hard alcohol consumption increased. Similarly, contemporary drug traffickers` preference for powdered cocaine over bulky and spicy coca leaves encourages the use of the most potent and dangerous cocaine products. On the other hand, under legal conditions, consumers – most of whom do not want to harm themselves – play a role in determining the effectiveness of marketed products, as evidenced by the popularity of today`s light beers, wine coolers and decaffeinated coffees. Once the alcohol ban was lifted, consumption increased somewhat, but the rate of liver cirrhosis decreased because people tended to choose beer and wine over the stronger distilled spirits previously promoted by smugglers. Although the number of drinkers has increased, the health risks associated with alcohol consumption have decreased.
The same dynamic would most likely occur with the legalization of drugs: some increase in drug use, but a decrease in drug abuse. In early 2022, the Province of British Columbia submitted its own request for exemption, which is closely modelled on the Vancouver model. In April of this year, Edmonton City Council also tabled a motion to exempt federal drug laws to decriminalize « simple personal possession » of illegal drugs and voted 11-2 in favour.   In 2001, The Globe and Mail reported that a poll found that 47% of Canadians agreed with the statement « marijuana use should be legalized » in 2000, up from 26% in 1975.  A recent poll found that more than half of Canadians support legalization. However, in 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper`s government introduced Bill C-26 to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, 1996 to create more restrictive legislation with higher minimum penalties for drug offences.   Bill 26 died in committee after the dissolution of the 39th Infantry Division. Parliament of Canada in September 2008, but the Act was subsequently reinstated twice by the government. If the death or serious bodily injury is attributable to the use of a controlled substance that has been distributed illegally, the person convicted of distributing the substance is liable to a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment and fines of up to $8 million. Proponents of legalization argue that Thailand`s legal marijuana market could reach $5 billion by 2024.
 Although Thailand has a strict drug policy, in May 2018 cabinet approved a bill allowing more research into marijuana`s effects on humans. Therefore, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) will soon begin clinical trials of marijuana as a preparatory step in the production of drugs from this plant. These medical studies are considered exciting new milestones in Thailand`s history, as the production, storage, and use of marijuana has been completely banned in Thailand since 1979.  In the Czech Republic, until December 31, 1998, only possession of drugs « for another person » (i.e. intent to sell) was punishable (with the exception of producing, importing, exporting, offering or brokering drugs, which was and remains punishable), while possession for personal use remained legal.  Under federal law, the supply of drugs to persons under the age of 21 is punishable by double the normal penalty, i.e., a mandatory prison sentence of one year; A third sentence is punishable by life imprisonment. These penalties apply to the distribution of drugs within or within 1,000 feet of a college or school.