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09-30-2015 11:32 PM

Someone was arrested every 51 seconds last year. 620,000 people. $3.6 billion every year

  • – Someone was arrested for marijuana possession every 51 seconds last year, according to the Huffington Post and new stats released by the FBI Monday. In 2014, there were more than 1.5 million arrests for drug-related offenses, and 40% of those were for simple marijuana possession, Vocativ reports. That’s an increase following seven years of declining arrests, according to HuffPo. “It’s hard to imagine why more people were arrested for marijuana possession when fewer people than ever believe it should be a crime,” Marijuana Policy Project spokesperson Mason Tvert tells Vocativ. “Law enforcement officials should not be wasting their time and resources arresting and prosecuting adults for using marijuana.”

Tvert tells Vocativ police around the country solved less than 65% of murders, 40% of rapes, and 30% of property crimes and robberies last year. Over that same period, they arrested approximately 620,000 people for marijuana possession. “There’s just no good reason that so much police time and taxpayer money is spent punishing people for marijuana when so many murders, rapes, and robberies go unsolved,” Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, tells HuffPo. He says he hopes law enforcement will soon get in line with the priorities of Americans. HuffPo reports support for legalizing marijuana is at an all-time high, yet the ACLU says the government is spending $3.6 billion every year enforcing possession laws.*

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#1 posted 09-30-2015 11:45 PM

I sure do agree.

Madts.

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#2 posted 10-01-2015 01:12 AM

I agree.

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#3 posted 10-01-2015 01:12 AM

The priorities are certainly upside down. I am a right winger and I feel that all those in prison for non-violent drug crimes should be let go.
It is also my feeling that there is so much money in drugs that it is fruitless to do what is being done. I have no idea if not arresting users would result in more drug use or not.
Almost all of the violence is with dealers fighting over territory.
I suppose it is the old “Follow the Money” adage. I am sure that there are plenty of payoffs to enforcement and those on the take would hate to see anything legalized.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 10-01-2015 01:13 AM

I agree with DKV.

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#5 posted 10-01-2015 01:34 AM

In 1971 when Nixon declared war on drugs, I couldn’t help but wonder where the 7734 he was during Prohibition? Asleep? That law built the Mafia. Now, the war of drugs has created cartels in South America and Mexico that have more fire power and better finances than the gov’ts of those countries. Thank you Tricky Dick, just what we needed, eh?

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#6 posted 10-01-2015 03:03 AM

Why not take it to the next step and totally decriminalize all drugs, coke, meth, LSD, heroin and the rest. Let the government sell it at reduced prices just like beer. You want a 6 pack or a case, no problem. Doing so would reduce property crimes junkies commit to support their habit. Eventually you’ll thin the herd to a manageable level.

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#7 posted 10-01-2015 01:58 PM

the only issues that I have are driving under the influence and working around people under the influence.

There is a person killed by DUI every 51 minutes or about 10,000 per year. With an annual cost of alcohol related accidents of $59 Billion.

Legalizing drugs will make this go up a lot. How do the people who support legalization going to prevent this. These are just numbers until someone you know is killed.

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#8 posted 10-01-2015 02:20 PM

To declare a war on a concept (immigration) or an object (drugs) is the second dumbest thing one could do.

To declare a war on other persons: Thats the first.

If you arent bothering me or others who do not want to be involved, go ahead with your bad self. Just dont expect someone to help you if you make bad choices.

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#9 posted 10-01-2015 05:02 PM

Burly Bob, I agree with you to a point. This would only be acceptable if absolutely zero of my tax dollars was use to support health care of any kind for those who choose to put such things in their body. Also the castle rule would have to be extended to the perimeter of my property and not just within the walls of my home.

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#10 posted 10-01-2015 08:33 PM

I think the article sounds more dramatic than it really is – - – in reading the full article they make this statement :
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/marijuana-arrests-2014_560978a7e4b0768126fe6506
Marijuana possession arrests alone made up 39.7 percent of all drug arrests and more than 5.5 percent of all arrests made over the year.

It follows the trend with the dealers… where those arrests reached an all-time high of 103,247 in 2010, but they’ve since been falling, reaching a nearly 20-year low of 81,184 last year.

So we are also at a 20 year low… and dropping! (as legalization efforts move along)

So we arrest 19 “real Criminals” and 1 pot user (5%)
Not saying that pot enforcement isn’t a useful topic…. but pot possession is only 5.5% of the arrests out there.

Many more for possesion simply get tickets and notices to appear and pay civil fines.

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#11 posted 10-01-2015 08:44 PM

NSA is listening!

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#12 posted 10-01-2015 08:51 PM



NSA is listening!

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Always….......... and on every device

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#13 posted 10-01-2015 09:37 PM



Burly Bob, I agree with you to a point. This would only be acceptable if absolutely zero of my tax dollars was use to support health care of any kind for those who choose to put such things in their body. Also the castle rule would have to be extended to the perimeter of my property and not just within the walls of my home.

- bigblockyeti


I’m under the impression my tax dollars pay for the incarceration and any medical care during the incarceration. So wouldn’t it be less expensive to not incarcerate them and pay for their medical? Win win?

I can’t see that you will ever get the right to kill someone for walking on your yard.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#14 posted 10-01-2015 09:40 PM



Why not take it to the next step and totally decriminalize all drugs, coke, meth, LSD, heroin and the rest. Let the government sell it at reduced prices just like beer. You want a 6 pack or a case, no problem. Doing so would reduce property crimes junkies commit to support their habit. Eventually you ll thin the herd to a manageable level.

- BurlyBob


That isn’t the next step, it would be a final step. I read that Portugal did that and has a reduction in drug deaths.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#15 posted 10-01-2015 09:58 PM

Its a job killer for PD, courts, clerks etc etc if pot is legalized everywhere.

” In 2014, there were more than 1.5 million arrests for drug-related offenses, and 40% of those were for simple marijuana possession”

How many government workers does it take for 640,00 arrests a year?
Probably thousands all tole.

Guess that’s part of the $3.6 billion ….

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