Marijuana arrests plummet 90% countywide

Written by Kristina Davis

SAN DIEGO — Arrests in San Diego County reached a 10-year low last year, with the most notable drop seen in marijuana-related arrests, according to data released Wednesday.

Pot-related arrests plummeted by 90 percent from 2010 to 2011 due to a change in state law that reduced the charge for possession, according to the report compiled by the San Diego Association of Governments. The law, which took effect Jan. 1, 2011, reduced possession of up to one ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction, on par with jaywalking or littering.

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