Every 45 Seconds, Someone Is Arrested for Cannabis

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WASHINGTON, DC — Consider this, while you were at work going through the drudgery of nine-to-five – living through the proverbial American dream, about 480 people were arrested for marijuana.

This happened every single day in 2014.




Latest figures released by the Federal bureau of investigation show that one person was taken into custody every 45 seconds for marijuana-related issue.

Out of the 701,000 that took place close to 90% related to possession.

Bearing in mind that the law has become more accommodating for marijuana-related cases, it comes as a surprise that the 2014 figures represent a rise in busts first time in five years.


The nationwide change in mind-set towards marijuana should have had the opposite effect.

Colorado and Washington State welcomed retail marijuana shops in 2014, not only this most adults are now allowed to have small quantities of the substance on them.

Late last year, voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington DC turned out in high numbers to legalize marijuana. However, the consequences were not dumped straight away.

In Maryland small-time pot possession was decriminalized last year and arrests were replaced with citation.



In New York City and Philadelphia marijuana arrest rates reduced by 75% owing to policies that promoted a softer attitude towards pot.

According to marijuana majority Chairman Tom Angell, the police’s actions are unjustified.

 “It’s unacceptable that police still put this many people in handcuffs for something that a growing majority of Americans think should be legal,” he argues.

However, Angell expects the numbers to decline sharply as Ohio voters support legalization in November this year. Hot on Ohio’s heels are several other states including Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada that will hold similar polls in 2016.

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