This section of the petition reviews recent data on the
history and pattern of use of marijuana in the United States.
While extensive data on the prevalence of marijuana use in
the U.S. is available for analysis and discourse, considerable
attempts have been made by officials of the U.S. government
to misinterpret this data of evidence of widespread marijuana
abuse. American adults use marijuana as a mild recreational
intoxicant, and as a safe alternative to alcohol or cocaine.
The popularity of marijuana is mentioned at the beginning
of almost every journal article reporting on marijuana-related
research. The persistence of marijuana's popularity in defiance
of marijuana's 25 year old schedule I status is a testament
to the failure of marijuana prohibition.