Reefer Madness: Marijuana Now Accounts For More Than Half Of All Drug Arrests in U.S.

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According to statistics released yesterday by the FBI, 2010 saw more people arrested in the United States for marijuana than any other year, with pot cases now accounting for more than half of all drug arrests in the country. Specifically 853,838 people were placed into custody for marijuana related crimes last year, a number that represents 52 percent of all drug arrests countrywide. More amazingly, a whopping 46 percent of all drug arrests were for marijuana possession.

Wow, that's a lot of stoners. Everyone feel safe now?

The closer you look at the newly released statistics, which you can also peruse on the website for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, the more disturbing they are. For example, of the marijuana related arrests mentioned above, a whopping 750,591 people were only charged with possessing the drug, as opposed to the supposedly more serious crime of cultivating it or selling it. That's 88 percent of all pot cases.

Meanwhile, since 2000, roughly 7.9 million people have been arrested for marijuana.

It's unclear from the newly released stats how many of these unfortunate people were actually sent to jail or prison for smoking weed. But the numbers do reveal two facts that are now beyond dispute  1) Despite decades of prohibition, Americans still love their weed and 2) whoever is running the so-called U.S. war on drugs is probably on crack.



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Charles Queen
Charles Queen

Yep and meanwhile the crack dealers are making fortunes and heroin dealers are making fortunes and both are kiling god only knows how many people  day.MArijuana which i relatively harmless all the way around anyway you look at it is still getting the bad rap.It's way past time that it was legalized for adult use nationwide.

Bill T.
Bill T.

How did the over-all number of arrests compare with prior years? What is the over-all trend? It could be that arrests may be down over all (I doubt it) but arrests for other drugs were down more. I'm going to try to find some sources to research these questions.

I don't smoke but I think marijuana prohibition to be idiot. Of course the people making massive profits and not paying their fair share of taxes would disagree with me.

Nschou
Nschou

You can clink on the link in the article to see the entire report, but the overall trend seems to be that marijuana arrests have increased in recent years and are now holding at a more or less steady rate.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

I was gonna write something but I forget what...hey, quit bogarting that thing. 

Kat Daddy
Kat Daddy

Great Article, Finally the truth comes out.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"Meanwhile, since 2000, roughly 7.9 people have been arrested for marijuana."

Umm....

Nschou
Nschou

Haha, thanks for noticing. Of course, I did say it was a rough estimate.

Bill T.
Bill T.

ahhh, you beat me to it.  Pretty funny typo.

Medusa
Medusa

That's almost 8 whole people.

Josesierra1984
Josesierra1984

Lol whoever is running the so-called U.S. war on drugs is probably on crack.

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