According to information released by the FBI on Monday, marijuana arrests rose once more in 2018, extending a two-year streak of increases that defies what several perceive as a nationwide trend toward liberalization.
“At a time when the overwhelming majority of Americans want cannabis to be legal and regulated, it is an outrage that several police departments across the nation continue to waste tax dollars and restricted law enforcement sources on arresting otherwise law-abiding citizens for basic marijuana possession,” mentioned Erik Altieri, Executive Director of NORML, a pro-marijuana lobbying group.
A current poll by CBS News located that 65% of Americans supported legalization, up from 59% in 2018. For the 1st time, a majority of Republicans and Americans aged 65 and older assistance legal marijuana use.
But the shift in public opinion has not translated into fewer arrests.
Marijuana Arrests Across the U.S.
The Northeast led the way in marijuana-connected arrests, with marijuana distribution and possession creating up 52.eight% of drug-abuse violations. Close behind have been the Midwest (48.eight%) and the South (48.7%).
Of all regions, the West had the lowest proportion of marijuana possession and distribution arrests, at about 15%.
Nationwide, 40% of drug violations have been marijuana-connected. In contrast, heroin, cocaine and manufactured drugs created up just 30% of violations, regardless of calls to address a national opioid epidemic.
Enshrined in state statutes and indifferent to public opinion, marijuana prohibition is alive and properly.
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