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America’s 2011 drug war tally: One marijuana arrest every 42 seconds

New numbers released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting Program show that nearly half of all drug arrests in 2011 were marijuana-related, and of those arrests almost 90 percent were for possession alone.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a drug reform advocacy group, said that the latest numbers show that marijuana users were arrested last year at a rate of one every 42 seconds. Accounting for all illegal drug users, they added that arrest rate jumps to one every 21 seconds.

In all, the FBI said that law enforcement agencies made 1,531,251 drug-related arrests last year. Approximately 49.5 percent of those arrests — roughly 757,969 — were for marijuana. Of those marijuana arrests, the vast majority, about 87 percent, were for simple possession...


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Just To Clarify 29.Oct.2012 16:25

anonymous

In no way do I support law enforcment (even if they are against prohibition) nor do I believe in the magical powers of electoral politics, but I read this today & thought that I would try to spread the word about the statisitcs raised in this article.

Hopefully this information will help others to wake up to the inherently oppresive nature of capitalism (profiting off of arresting individuals) & the police (those who do the arresting).
Incarceration in the United States
Incarceration in the United States
Prison Population (per 100,000 people)
Prison Population (per 100,000 people)