According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report, in 2011 almost half of the drug related arrests were from marijuana. Police made 757,969 arrests in 2011. Believe it or not, that number has actually decreased from previous years, maybe partially legalization helps.
The report stated that approximately 43 percent of all drug violations are for cannabis possession. Which makes up for almost half of the charges. Of those charged in 2011 with marijuana law violations, 663,032 were arrested for marijuana offenses involving possession only.
“As in past years, the so-called ‘drug war’ remains fueled by the arrests of minor marijuana possession offenders,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “Cannabis prohibition financially burdens taxpayers, encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, impedes upon legitimate scientific research into the plant’s medicinal properties, and disproportionately impacts communities of color. It’s time to stop stigmatizing and criminalizing tens of millions of Americans for choosing to consume a substance that is safer than either tobacco or alcohol.”
The Midwest had the highest amount of arrests on the list with about 61%. The lowest was the west, surprise surprise, that is the law to pass has been the most lenient.
On Tuesday, November 6, voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will decide on statewide ballot measures that seek to allow for the personal possession and regulated distribution of cannabis for adults.