Marijuana: Half Of All American Drug Arrests Are For Pot, Says FBI

By Dennis Romero
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Seeking to underscore their argument that the War on Drugs is often just a war on marijuana, pro-decriminalization forces today highlighted new FBI statistics showing nearly half (49.5 percent) of the nation’s drug arrests are cannabis-related.
More than 8 out of 10 arrests were for “possession only,” notes Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).
That’s a lot of manpower and cash going toward policing pot. Says LEAP:

… Police in the U.S. arrest someone for marijuana every 42 seconds and that 87% of those arrests are for possession alone.

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