FBI Data Shows Pot Arrests Decline But Still Outnumber Busts For Violent Crimes

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The annual total for marijuana arrests peaked about a decade ago, when more than 800,000 pot arrests were made each year. In 2017, we had more marijuana possession arrests in our country than all other violent crimes combined. Among the arrests for cannabis-related offenses, more than nine out of 10 (92%) were arrests for marijuana possession only. The report shows that 545,602 arrests for marijuana-related offenses were made by law enforcement officers in 2019. That total exceeds the 495,871 arrests for violent crimes by 9%, according to a release from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

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New data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday shows that arrests for marijuana offenses declined for the first time in four years in 2019, but still exceeded the number of arrests for all violent crimes combined. The data, as recorded by the national Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, is contained in the FBI’s 2019 “Crime in the United States” report.

The report shows that 545,602 arrests for marijuana-related offenses...

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