Marijuana arrests decline in 2011, but still make up half of all illicit drug violations in USA

30/10/2012

in Cannabis,Global Policy News,Research

Marijuana Arrests Decline In 2011, But Still Total Half Of All Illicit Drug Violations

Photograph : NORML 2012

by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 29, 2012

Police made 757,969 arrests in 2011 for marijuana-related offenses, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The total is a decrease from past years. During the years 2006 to 2010, police annually made over 800,000 arrests for cannabis violations.

According to the report, marijuana arrests now comprise one-half of all illicit drug arrests in the United States. Approximately 43 percent of all drug violations are for cannabis possession.

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