Washington: Felony Marijuana Convictions Fall Nearly 90 Percent

Delaware Gov signs expungement bill

WASHINGTON:  The number of cannabis-related felony sentences in Washington fell an estimated 90 percent in the 18-months immediately following the opening of adult use marijuana retail stores, according to an analysis by the Washington Caseload Forecast Council. Investigators identified only 147 marijuana-related crimes resulting in felony sentences in this period of time, compared to 1,312 felony offenses Read the full article…

Study: Adult Use Legalization Associated With Improved Crime Clearance Rates

Study: Adult Use Legalization Associated With Improved Crime Clearance Rates

WASHINGTON: The enactment of state laws regulating adult marijuana use is associated with an increase in crime clearance rates, according to data published in the journal Police Quarterly. Clearance rates are calculated by dividing the number of crimes that are ‘cleared’ (charges are filed) by the total number of crimes reported. Criminologists at Washington State University assessed crime clearance rates Read the full article…

Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

Although data with regard to what percentage of these drug arrests were marijuana-related was absent from this year's report, the FBI did provide percentages by request to Marijuana Majority's Tom Angell, who summarized the data in a column for Forbes.com.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Tabulations calculating the percentage of annual marijuana arrests nationwide are absent from the 2017 edition of the FBI Uniform Crime Report, which the agency released on Monday. The table, ‘Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations: Percent Distribution by Region,’ had for decades appeared in the section of the FBI report entitled ‘Persons Arrested.’ It was one Read the full article…

Criminal Justice Referrals Driving Youth Marijuana Treatment Admissions

Since the late 1990s, both youth use of marijuana and the prevalence of cannabis use disorder by young people have declined significantly.

NEW YORK:  Over half of all young people entered into drug treatment for marijuana are placed there by the criminal justice system and this percentage is increasing, according to data published online in the journal Substance Use & Misuse. A team of researchers from Binghamton University in New York and the University of Iowa reviewed youth marijuana treatment admission data Read the full article…

Spokane Police Give Out Few Marijuana Citations

Pot smokers are more likely to be arrested by security than cops

WASHINGTON: Riverfront Park might be the worst place to get high in Spokane. Data from Spokane Municipal Court shows marijuana users are far more likely to be fined for consuming pot in public by a park security guard than by a Spokane police officer, though they’re unlikely to get a ticket at all. Citywide, law enforcement officers have Read the full article…