1973-2013 was the time supposed time period of the chart. Unsurprisingly tobacco has remained legal while marijuana has remained illegal. The use of legal substance has steadily declined while it’s perceived harm has risen. This is according to statistics from the DEA.
Teenagers’ are not appearing to use marijuana is greater number even though the perceived risk has gone down. This can easily observed as states such as Colorado who have legalized marijuana, have a lower consumption rate than that of the national average.
Henceforth if the DEA is really trying to decrease the use of cannabis they might as legalize it and treat it as a public medical purpose rather than a law enforcement issue.