In 2010, more than 746,000 people were detained in the United States. For marijuana-related crimes alone. The US Marijuana Policy was driven by the war on drugs, the United States' prison population is six to ten times higher than most Western European nations. The United States is a close second only to Russia in its rate of incarceration per 100,000 people.
On November 6, 2012, marijuana for recreational use was legalized in Colorado and Washington state. People over 21 can own up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use. At least these people can now carry the grass without worrying about being arrested by the police.
On May 31, 2013, former Mexican President Vicente Fox says he wants marijuana legalized in Mexico and the US.
On December 10, 2013 Uruguay became the first country to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of marijuana. However tourists will not be able to legally buy cannabis.