The FBI recently released its annual report on crime, called the Uniform Crime Report. According to this report, marijuana arrests decreased slightly in 2011 with 757, 696 arrests made. Annual arrests during the years of 2006 to 2010 reached over 800,000 a year.
Marijuana arrests made up half of all drug arrests in the U.S. Of those arrested, a whopping 86% were for only possession. The remaining arrests were for sale or cultivation. By region, the Midwest had the highest arrest record. And the lowest was in the Western states such as California and Washington.
NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano commented on the report saying, “As in past years, the so called ‘drug war’ remains fueled by the arrests of minor marijuana possession offenders….It’s time to stop stigmatizing and criminalizing tens of millions of Americans for choosing to consume a substance that is safer than either tobacco or alcohol.”
It will be interesting to see how the new marijuana laws effect next year’s report.