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Where In The United States Are You Most Likely To Get Arrested For Marijuana?

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marijuana arrest prison drug drugsGetting arrested for marijuana is no joke. Marijuana arrests result in fines, and can result in jail time, loss of driving privileges,  loss of college financial aid, forfeiture of assets, and many other penalties. I’ve only been caught with marijuana one time (half ounce, 2005), but since I live in Oregon where marijuana is decriminalized I only had to pay a fine ($500). I didn’t even have to go to a courtroom. I just had to go to the window at the Clackamas County Courthouse and pay my money.

Obviously had I been caught with a half ounce in Colorado or Washington today, there would be no penalty. I hope Oregon joins those states soon. Other places are not as friendly as Colorado or Washington. In some states you could be looking at serious time for just a dime bag. My cousin in Idaho got caught with a used marijuana pipe and had to serve six months in jail for.

Where in the United States are you most likely to get arrested for marijuana? According to an ACLU report from earlier this year, Washington D.C. had the highest rate of marijuana arrests. The report calculated for population size, so this is not the total amount of marijuana arrests in an area, it’s the highest rate of marijuana arrests per 100,000 citizens. New York State was second, Nebraska was third, Maryland was fourth, and Illinois ranked fifth.

In Washington D.C. if you get caught with any amount of marijuana, even less than one gram, the penalty is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. That’s a brutal penalty for something as harmless as possessing a dime sack of marijuana. If you live in Washington D.C. and you consume marijuana, watch out. Obviously you want to proceed with caution no matter where you live outside of Washington State and Colorado, but be extra careful if you live in D.C.

The state that you are least likely to get arrested for marijuana? Massachusetts. Keep in mind, this study looked at the most recent numbers available, which was 2010. I’d expect Washington and Colorado to drop on the list considerably once 2013 numbers become available. No one should ever be penalized for marijuana. Do your part, contact your legislators, and fight for reform any chance you get!

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  1. Yah know you might get arrested in America for a little bit of cronic, but contrary to pretty much all Americans beliefs ( no offense ), WEED is not legal in Canada! you can very much get jail time for it.
    But you wanna know the good thing about Canada? if you got 30gs and under and no individual dime bags or scale around then all you get is a ticket and that’s not just apart of Canada that is all of Canada!!
    Now this is a new law thats trying to be passed but before hand if you got caught with less then a half ounce unless you were a dick to the cop most of the time they just let you go….I got busted several times,
    One time i had an ounce got busted and simply told the cop the truth, i bought it I’m not selling it, its my property and i would appreciate if i was allowed to keep it. He let me go with my weed also.

  2. My cousin in Idaho got caught with a used marijuana pipe and had to serve six months in jail for *it.

  3. i have been caught with weed in upstate Ny, and in Fla. all they did was take my weed. all three times. makes me wonder if they just ran out of thier personal stashes.

  4. I cant believe Kentucky didnt make this list! It is awful here and I fear that our commonwealth will be one of the last states that legalize anything!

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  10. Quote “don’t know why but was told I didn’t give them any shit!”
    That is because you are still full of it. Everyone I know has been arrested even if they were later let go. I have been smoking for over 40 years as well and it is getting better but you say you have been busted over 100 times and never processed is utter bullshlt. My brother has never lied to a cop about holding or outgrown his hippy years and drug uses and has squatted all over the US and Mexico in the last 50 years and he has been busted 100s of times and spent years in and out of lockup, ALL FOR WEED. Granted he has never spent alot of time in lockup but he has been to jail for possession. Personally I have never been caught (KNOCKS ON WOOD REALLY HARD) but I also have lived in hiding my whole life and wont change that anytime soon. My current state has mandatory minimums and if caught I will loose everything I have and love for at least 2 years, so I will continue to hide and recommend anyone in the South do the same for the time being.

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  12. In 99 i was forced into a plea bargain in Hazard County(Not real Name AZ) for an empty baggie-attempted possession and an old alien head bong from the back of a storage closet with no stem and an inch of dust bunny inside, because in my 85% Mormon community there is no jury of My peers. 10 days incarc and 3 months probation not to mention the RICO they got out of me, but that was better than the 5 yrs prison for the other trumped up charges. I’ve been smarter ever since then about where i live. Research AZ where weed crimes are big business here too and child molesters and abusers get out of jail free as long as they “register”. Meanwhile CPS (another kind of criminal organization) is in charge of taking kids from “weed smokers” and giving them to fosters who kill or abuse them. Families everywhere are violated daily because of a plant because big government has goaded generations into believing that it’s surely the devil, meanwhile alcohol, cigarettes, and prescriptions are everywhere, All the time but that’s not a problem…SAD

  13. In philly cops dont care as long as your not in the open or selling…. my friend did get caught with 2 ounces in school but they were nice in court and gave him just a year of probation

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  15. I did 12 consecutive years in WV for “smoking” medical marijuana with others and possession with intent to distribute 3 oz. During that 12 years I saw rapist, child molesters and murderer go home before me. Pitiful. That’s why I’m going on a hunger strike if they try and take me back. Time to take a stand.

  16. I live in WV and I was caught once. The police confiscated it, and I had to pay a small fine, but I wasn’t arrested.

  17. shouldn’t matter , keep medicating , nothing can stop us , my grandfather died at 87 yrs old drank 20 lus beers a day smoked 2 packs of cigarettes and also ingested / consumed medical oils from marihuana , and had stage 4 cancer for 7 years , WHY SHOULD SOMEONE GET ARRESTED FOR STAYING ALIVE ,

  18. James Burtnett on

    I have been smoking for 44yrs been caught 100 times or more NEVER went to jail they would take it or take some of it or tell me to pour it out or throw it but NEVER was I fined or taken to jail. I don’t know why but was told I didn’t give them any shit!

  19. Missouri is really bad with marijuana too. I got arrested my car impounded and taken to jail for just smelling like the typical stoner car. Since they found nothing they let me go but man what a freaking hassle just for smelling like bud.

  20. What miserable parasites have the people of Washington DC set over them that possession of cannabis is illegal at all, much less penalized with six months in jail! If you live in the District of Columbia, demand change now — and organize!

  21. Man this is fucked! I live in the UK (where yes, unfortunately smoking weed is a “crime”) but here if you get caught smoking pot on the street they’ll probably just take your stuff off you and tell you to move on. It’s described as a class B drug (the same category as speed and ketamine) but shit everyone does it. Don’t get me wrong you still have to be a bit careful but compared with a lot of other places, this is a pretty safe environment for it. It’s pretty crazy how you can drive like 20 miles over a state boundary, doing the same thing and that’s the difference between 6 months in jail and a $100 fine. INSANE!

  22. ASH: Samuel Walter on

    I got arrested in 1996 in Massachusetts for possession of one blunt (it was in my shirt pocket). They made me post $25.00 bail and told me I had to be in court that same morning. I drove off and never returned to the state. Fortunately, I now live in Denver and have had my medical card for the past 3 years.

  23. Betonce M Stein on

    Ohio… 100 grams or less is a minor misdemeanor, same with weed paraphernalia. $100 fine

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