Marijuana Arrests Plunged Last Year, Reflecting the Impact of Legalization

Posted on AllSides October 1st, 2021
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Last year, according to data the FBI published this week, police in the United States made about 350,000 arrests for marijuana offenses, the lowest level recorded in three decades. The 36 percent drop in 2020, which follows an 18 percent decrease in 2019, reflects the impact of ballot initiatives and legislation that eliminated penalties for low-level possession last year or earlier. It may also reflect the impact of COVID-19 restrictions that drove cannabis consumers indoors, where they were less likely to be noticed by police.

As usual, the vast majority of marijuana arrests in 2020 (91...

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