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Marijuana Use Increases While Arrests Approach Record Levels, Reports Show
Marijuana Now Accounts for Half of All U.S. Drug Arrests, But Enforcement Efforts Have Done Nothing to Reduce Use
According to the FBI's 2009 Uniform Crime Report released yesterday, U.S. law enforcement made 858,408 arrests on marijuana charges - 88 percent of which were for possession, not sale or manufacture. Marijuana arrests peaked in 2007 at more than 872,000, and witnessed a slight dip in 2008 at 847,863.
In 2009, an American was arrested on marijuana charges every 37 seconds.
Meanwhile, an annual report released today by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 16.7 million Americans had used marijuana in the past month.
"It's now more obvious than ever that decades of law enforcement efforts have absolutely failed to reduce marijuana's use or availability, and that it's simply an exercise in futility to continue arresting hundreds of thousands of Americans for using something that's safer than alcohol," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "Rather than criminalize millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens and waste billions of dollars that could be better spent combating violent crime and other real threats to public safety, it's time we embrace sensible marijuana policies that would regulate marijuana the same way we do alcohol or tobacco."