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Marijuana Arrests Hit a Two-Decade Low but Are Still an Outrage

The number of pot busts is down 26 percent since 2007 but is still more than twice the 1991 total.

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New FBI numbers show there were fewer marijuana arrests last year than at any point since 1996. But as I explain in my latest Forbes column, we still have not recovered from a cannabis crackdown that began in the early 1990s:

FBI statistics released this week show that the number of marijuana arrests in the United States, after rising slightly in 2014, fell by 8 percent last year, reaching the lowest level in two decades. The total was nevertheless more than twice the number in 1991, before a nationwide cannabis crackdown that peaked in 2007. The number of marijuana arrests has fallen more or less steadily since then, reflecting a growing consensus that cannabis consumers should not be treated as criminals.

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5 responses to “Marijuana Arrests Hit a Two-Decade Low but Are Still an Outrage

  1. …we still have not recovered from a cannabis crackdown that began in the early 1990s…

    Superstonerpredators.

  2. a growing consensus that cannabis consumers should not be treated as criminals.

    It’s just different priorities. Dogs and unarmed citizens won’t shoot themselves

  3. Only King Obama’s centralized socialist state knows what’s good for you.

    If you think this is sweet wait until Queen Hitlery is crowned!!!

  4. Always trying to bring it back conveniently to real world policies, eh? There you reason scribblers go again. You are always trying to focus on the actions of government and always trying to deflect attention away from the root causes of social pathologies, which are, of course, racism, sexism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.

  5. …and look at what good it’s doing. Nowadays we’ve even got stoner presidential candidates running around, and they’re all like, “Duuuude, like, what’s a leppo, man? Favorite world leader? I guess it was that one dude in…fuck, wherever, and he was like, ‘Dude, let’s make weed legal ‘n shit’. That dude was pretty cool. Duuuude, pass the doobiage, bro.”

    Is that what you libertarians want for a president? Good thing we can still look to the major party candidates for dignity.

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