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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Study Shows Cannabis Arrests Per Capita Vary By State

jail prison daniel chong deaNow that the United States has celebrated its Independence and hard-earned freedom on July, 4th, it is important to remember that there is still much work to be done on many fronts, including the nation’s cannabis laws federally and in many states. While great progress has been made across the country, too many people live in states with draconian laws and policies.

When it comes to cannabis arrests, not all states are created equal. Different states have different penalties. For instance, in Colorado and Washington possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is completely legal – no penalties. Colorado also allows cultivation of up to six plants. On the other end of the spectrum, a person can receive a life sentence for cannabis in states like Missouri, which is the case with Jeff Mizanskey right now.

States also vary in how often they arrest people for cannabis. Per an article by VOX:

New York, Illinois, and Maryland — make the most arrests each year, along with deep-red Louisiana and Mississippi, according to a compilation of federal data…Even when controlling for how many marijuana users reportedly live within a state, arrests remained high in New York, Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Per 100,000 citizens, New York makes 1,080 cannabis arrests, Illinois makes 1,669, Maryland makes 493, Louisiana makes 513, and Mississippi makes 520. Compare that to Massachusetts which only makes 19 cannabis arrests per year for every 100,000 citizens. If you are in one of the states that has a high arrest rate, you should be very careful, and use this as motivation to fight for reform in your state.

Why do states arrest people for cannabis at all? Why aren’t more states following in the footsteps of Colorado, which has seen a significant decrease in violent crime since implementing legalization in January? Why aren’t all states ending cannabis arrests, saving tax payer dollars, focusing on real crime and allowing the next great industry to flourish? It’s time for a new approach, state by state, until we are all free.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference

  • mike1188

    People in those and all states only you can change those laws contact your politictions.

  • MY HOME STATE OF MARYLAND will, hopefully, drop in that unfortunate ranking, at least somewhat, starting soon. The DeCrim law goes into effect in October, after which possession of ten grams or less becomes a ‘civil infraction,’ subject to a fine instead of arrest.

    It’s been a step in the right direction, although we’ve still got a ways to go. For example, paraphernalia’s still illegal, so (depending on the cop) they could still bust you for the bowl, if not for the pot itself.

    But, for a state which has, in recent times, been busting 23,000 people annually, this should be a help. And I have confidence that we will get to legalization in the not-too-distant future. It was one of the things that was seriously on the table earlier this year. And, even the DeCrim bill was rescued from a legislative attempt to interfere. DeCrim was declared “dead” in Maryland, and then it was resurrected, and will be our law soon.

    Hope for the best, and agitate for change. Together we’ll get there, all of us.

  • GreekItaliano

    So here we go in good old Fucked up Moore County, 3 Young men arrested for weed and CHARGED FELONIES..WTF??? All these corrupt mother fuckers in Moore County Good Old Boy connection, should all be stoned in the town square for killing our Youth with sentences that are insane..Corruption at its best. LIKE I SAID DRUG TEST all these Mother Fuckers in these Corrupted Courts but not for substances that aren’t addictive like a plant, but the hard shit like Coke, H, Pills and Meth and Bath salts..ect…EVERY JUDGE< ATTORNEY< PO< DA< Counselors, like Deb Rich, tests her blood alcohol levels in the courtroom..and the rest of the sick fucks who look to reap, destroy, murder and lock up our youth for weed..Fuck em' , YES I AM PISSED and one day these fuckers who control these MEN COURTS WILL BE MET with Great Terror for hurting our youth..Period…IT IS TIME TO MARCH THE MOORE COUNTY COURTS… for 3,000 dollars with of weed WTF???

  • Juan

    I live in Illinois, this sucks! But I could totally see where this is coming from. I have been kicked out of school, paid thousands of dollars towards fines, and have been arrested times for marijuana. Yet, 82 people were shot in my city of Chicago just during the four day week end for the 4th! Police need to get their priorities straight as well as policy makers.

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