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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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FBI

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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