Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Unacceptable

We have the data to prove it
NORML
October 15, 2019

Every 48 seconds someone is arrested for marijuana in the USCBD,

Despite a majority of the public standing against cannabis criminalization, according to the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report, police made 663,367 arrests for marijuana-related violations in 2018.

That total is more than 21% higher than the total number of persons arrested for the commission of violent crimes (521,103).

Of those arrested for marijuana crimes, some 90% (608,776) were arrested for marijuana possession offenses only.

Ultimately, this means that police across America make a marijuana-related arrest every 48 seconds.  

We know, and you know, there is a better way. And, we have the data to prove it.

According to a just-published, federally funded report issued by the nonprofit Justice Research and Statistics Association, legalizing the adult-use and sale of marijuana results in fewer arrests and does not adversely impact crime in either legalization states or in neighboring jurisdictions.

Researchers determined: "Analyses of the available data suggests that: One: Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana resulted in fewer marijuana-related arrests and court cases; Two: Legalizing marijuana did not have a noticeable impact on indicators in states that bordered those that legalized; and Three: There were no noticeable indications of an increase in arrests related to transportation or trafficking offenses in states along the northern or southern borders."

The facts are on our side. Public opinion is on our side.

But, now more than ever, we need YOU on our side.

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