Sep 282015
 September 28, 2015

marijuana prohibition waste tax moneyThe annual number of arrests for marijuana offenses in the U.S. increased last year for the first time since 2009, according to the Uniform Crime Report released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

An estimated 700,993 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana-related offenses in 2014 — up from 693,058 in 2013 — of which 88.42% were for possession. On average, one person was arrested for a marijuana-related offense in the U.S. approximately every 45 seconds (every 51 seconds for possession).

The full report is available at https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2014/crime-in-the-u.s.-2014.

Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“These numbers refute the myth that nobody actually gets arrested for using marijuana.

It’s hard to imagine why more people were arrested for marijuana possession when fewer people than ever believe it should be a crime. Law enforcement officials should not be wasting their time and resources arresting and prosecuting adults for using marijuana. While law enforcement was busy making nearly three quarters of a million marijuana arrests, more than 35% of murders went unsolved, the clearance rate for rape was less than 40%, and for robbery and property crimes, it was below 30%.

“Could you imagine if hundreds of thousands of adults were arrested last year simply for possessing alcohol? That would be crazy. It’s even crazier that hundreds of thousands of adults were arrested for possessing a less harmful substance.

“As long as we have these silly laws on the books, law enforcement resources will be wasted on enforcing them. It’s time for state officials to step up and end the outdated policy of marijuana prohibition.”

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The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization. For more information, visit http://www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.

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  7 Responses to “FBI Reports Annual Marijuana Arrests In U.S. Increased Last Year For The First Time Since 2009”

  1.  

    Bad news, though not surprising here in tyrannical New York, where the helicopter spotters are very busy surveilling for that familiar green hue amidst the vegetation of wooded areas everywhere. I disagree with the respectable Mason Tvert calling prohibitive cannabis laws “silly.” I don’t see how anyone can giggle when they are a national disgrace. Every day that passes without radical change to such laws is another nail in our collective coffin. They are part of an overall bankrupting of our state and local governments, despite the substantial proceeds from criminal “asset forfeiture” programs. Also, this is so far beyond the control of “state officials to step up and end the outdated policy of marijuana prohibition,” as Mr. Tvert said. The Anti Marihuana Tyranny has always been empowered by FEDERAL law, for the last 44 years Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Nothing will change for the better in most states until the fraudulent word “marihuana” is entirely erased by the feds. With sufficient political will, that could easily be done by tomorrow. Officials at the state and local levels will then have lost their legal rationale for prolonging this tyranny one more agonizing day, and just let people put cannabis seeds in dirt again.

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    It’s not that the police year to year since then are being instructed to handle people otherwise. It’s just how many people they catch and take the time to prosecute.

  3.  

    Thanks Obama. And his Chicago Democrats, the cannabis arrest capital of the US.

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    While the majority of Americans may favor decriminalization, police remain mired in the attitudes, and policies of the past. Here in Texas most police officers, judges, and prosecutors still view enforcement of marijuana laws as a priority. Every day someone in my little town ends up in jail for possession. And growing even one plant, or selling one joint, is a felony.

  5.  

    Denying Medical Marijuana to Americans with Cancer or American Children with Seizures who need it to stay alive is a crime against humanity.

    Please call the white house comment line every day until the President takes Marijuana off of Schedule 1.

    Their number is (202) 456-1111.

    Don’t wait until you or someone you love gets Cancer to get involved.

    By then it will be too late.

  6.  

    Denying Medical Marijuana to Americans with Cancer or American Children with Seizures who need it to stay alive is a crime against humanity.

    Don’t wait until you or someone you love gets Cancer to get involved.

    By then it will be too late.

  7.  

    We need action taken at the federal level to get Marijuana removed from Schedule 1 immediately.
    Americans, including American Children, are suffering and dying — needlessly.

    The current situation is a national disgrace.

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