1972 CE
Shafer Commission recommends decriminalization of marijuana

The Shafer Commission, formally known as the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, was a bipartisan committee appointed by US president Nixon to make recommendations about drug policy. The commission concluded that cannabis did not cause widespread danger to society and recommended using social measures other than criminalization to discourage use.

According to the commission, private use and nonprofit distribution of cannabis should be tolerated and public possession of 1 oz. or less of the substance should not be punishable. However, cultivating, selling, or distributing for profit should remain crimes.

Nixon rejected the recommendations related to decriminalization. Nevertheless, 11 states decriminalized cannabis during the 1970's and most other states reduced their penalties. 

Source: Bessner, D. (2011). National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse (1972). Encycl. of Drug Policy.

Drugs: Cannabis (marijuana)
Regions: USA (United States of America)
Topics: Taxation and regulation