420 with CNW – FBI Report Indicates That Marijuana Arrests Dropped Nationally

October 8, 2020 03:25:48

Started by the federal government decades ago, the war on drugs has resulted in the incarceration of millions of Americans. A large number of these arrests have been due to marijuana possession. Over the years, it has become clear that certain communities have been targeted and over-policed due to marijuana prohibition and for many cannabis reform advocates, legalizing cannabis wouldn’t just increase state tax revenue, but it would also help repair the harms done by the war on drugs.

Although advocates hoped that marijuana arrests would reduce with the advent of legal cannabis programs, 2016, 2017, and 2018 each saw an uptick in marijuana arrests year-over-year. This is despite the fact that more states are passing cannabis laws and legalizing medical or recreational sales within their borders. According to a new federal report, however, marijuana arrests in the U.S. reduced for the first time in 2019. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program states that there were a total of 545,601 marijuana arrests in 2019, representing…


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