Marijuana Arrests In 2009:

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    Incarceration Nation — Marijuana Arrests For Year 2009 Near Record High

    Posted: 15 Sep 2010 12:42 PM PDT

    [Editor's note: This post is excerpted from NORML's weekly media advisory. To have NORML's media advisories delivered straight to your in-box, sign up for NORML's free e-zine at the link below.]

    Police prosecuted 858,408 persons for marijuana violations in 2009, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. The arrest total is the second highest ever reported by the FBI, and marks a 1.3 percent increase in the number of arrests reported in 2008 (847,864).

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    According to the report, marijuana arrests now comprise more than one-half (approximately 52 percent) of all drug arrests reported in the United States. A decade ago, marijuana arrests comprised just 44 percent of all drug arrests.

    Approximately forty-six percent of all drug prosecutions nationwide are for marijuana possession.

    “The numbers tell the story; the enforcement of criminal marijuana laws and the prosecution of marijuana offenders, in particular minor marijuana possession defendants, is driving the present drug war,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. “Those who claim otherwise would be better off advocating for a long-overdue reprioritization law enforcement resources and concerns.

    “It makes no sense to continue to prosecute Americans for their use of a substance that poses far fewer health risks than alcohol or tobacco. A better and more sensible solution would be to legalize and regulate cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol, as is presently being proposed in California by Proposition 19.”


    In 2007, the FBI reported 872,721 marijuana prosecutions in the United States, the highest total on record.

    Go here to read the full article: https://uwc.webmail.optimum.net/en/mail.html?lang=en&laurel=on&cal=0

    Any ideas on how much this is costing the U.S. in terms of treasure and ruined social reputations?
     
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    How much is this adding to the deficit?

    Where's the "fiscally conservative" tea party?

    Maybe if they were aborting fetuses while arresting people who smoke marijuana they'd say something.
     
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    pot is way less harmfull than beer or cigarettes. It's legal application affects minorities exponetially more, which is probably appealing to many conservatives.
     
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    I just gave someone the legal authorization to smoke pot...so there!
     
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    That stat right there cracks me up when yall bring it out. MOST of those were please that were knocked down to possession from something else, just to secure a conviction without trial. Obviously the folks who accepted the plea offer knew they were guilty of a crime else they wouldn't have accepted the deal. If George Costanza had even an ounce of integrity he would admit that is true, but he doesn't , so in each thread we have about this topic he posts and won't admit that, or any other fact.

    Also, a great number of these drug arrests were not arrested solely for pot, but were originally busted for a non drug related offense and oh look pot, so that got tacked on to. just another dishonest tactic like the time George tried to convince us all that he had a client who was sentenced to three years in jail for some minor offense, but when the whole story came out it was entirely different.

    Yall want to legalize pot. Fine by me , and let each state vote for themselves, but don't be dishonest little scumbags about it.
     
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    I have zero problem if your getting a big time thug or gang member for pot cause you couldn't get them for something else. And I believe what you are saying about not jailing for simple possession. I like the way law enforcement is going with this, most officers I hear talk about it say they aren't conserned with some otherwise average citizen smoking and possessing small amounts. There are plenty big fish for them to catch.
     
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    While it's true that simple possession arrests usually do not result in jail time they involve considerable cost in terms of judicial process and with few exceptions they destroy the subject's future by imposing a criminal record for a "drug offense" which is available to any employer who cares to check.

    And for what?
     
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    Legalize, let adults be adults. If they violate that trust by selling to kids or something then bust their asses, until then, let adults be adults.
     
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    why does it affect minorities more than any one else?
     
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    What is your feeling of driving under the influence of marijuana? Could there be some neglect of a person taking care of children while under the influence? How about operating machinery while under the influence of marijuana?
     

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