Thursday, 29 September 2011

2010 had Second Highest Number of Marijuana Arrests in U.S. History

In 2010, more people were arrested for marijuana-related crimes than for any other type of drug crimes. In fact, in 2010, the number of people arrested for marijuana-related crimes was the second highest in U.S. history.

What is even more astounding is that most marijuana-related arrests were for mere possession of the drug, and not for cultivating or selling it. In all, more than 750,000 people were arrested in 2010 for possession of marijuana. Overall, more than 803,000 people were arrested in 2010 for marijuana-related crimes, including cultivating and selling. This is even as several states around the country dabble with medical marijuana laws.

Needless to say, law enforcement agencies’ policy of arresting away the problem, has not worked. It makes little sense that we throw hundreds of thousands of people into prison every year for possessing small quantities of a drug that more and more states are actually trying to legalize. Predictably enough, law enforcement blame the legalization of marijuana in many states for the increase in arrests.

With all those arrests, Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers would think that marijuana use has declined dramatically. Au contraire, according to the federal government use of marijuana actually increased in 2010. According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, marijuana is now the drug of choice for young American adults. Between 2009 and 2010, the number of persons reporting use of marijuana in the past month increased from 6.6% to 6.9%. The increase is especially high among Americans between the age of eighteen and twenty-five, from 18.1% to 18.5%.

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