Brits Waste Tons of Money on Policing Weed—But Not as Much as We Do

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One of England’s important political parties, the Liberal Democrats, just announced that one million hours are annually wasted policing the country’s ban on weed. The number of people arrested just for weed alone in 2015 was 643,121 and nearly 90 percent for possession! Research showed that a total of 87,247 police caseloads were opened in 2015—that amount cost taxpayers an estimated $2,500 per case. RELATED: Meet the UK Political Party Embracing Marijuana Legalization You can keep up with all of HIGH TIMES’ marijuana news right here The number of arrests in 2015 for drug law violations was nearly 1.5 million.

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One of England’s important political parties, the Liberal Democrats, just announced that one million hours are annually wasted policing the country’s ban on weed.

The Liberal Dems gathered this data from official sources, reported the Independent. Research showed that a total of 87,247 police caseloads were opened in 2015—that amount cost taxpayers an estimated $2,500 per case.

This is a lot of police power and money for a country of 53 million people where cannabis is “freely available and widely used,” according to the Liberal Dems, who say they will legalize cannabis if they are elected in the upcoming elections scheduled for June 8.

Currently in England, cannabis is a Class B drug—meaning that, in theory, anyone who possesses it can be given five years in prison and any dealer can be given 14 years. However, in practice, extreme penalties for possession are rarely enforced.

Let’s compare that to the United States.

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