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…

FBI Reports More Than 653,000 Arrests For Marijuana Offenses In 2016

FBI Reports More Than 653,000 Arrests for Marijuana Offenses in 2016

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  An estimated 653,249 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana in 2016, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Crime In the United States (CIUS) report. This means one person was arrested for marijuana approximately every 48 seconds on average in the United States. The full report is available here:  (Note: Marijuana-specific data was not published Read the full article…

U.S. Marijuana Arrests Up Despite Changing Views: Pro-Pot Group

"These numbers refute the myth that nobody actually gets arrested for using marijuana," Tvert said. "It's hard to imagine why more people were arrested for marijuana possession when fewer people than ever believe it should be a crime."

Despite an increasing number of Americans who do not view marijuana use as a crime, pot arrests across the United States increased last year for the first time since 2009, proponents of the drug’s legalization said on Monday. Citing the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report released on Monday, the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project said 700,993 Read the full article…

Union Official High On Power Indicted For Extortion Of Marijuana Dispensaries

The United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) has been at the forefront of organizing workers in the newly emerging marijuana industry. Rush served as the executive director of the UFCW cannabis division.

CALIFORNIA: Union official Daniel Rush was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly extorting cash and favors from marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, Calif. Federal prosecutors told KRON-TV the charges include taking illegal payments as a union employee, honest services fraud, attempted extortion and money laundering. The United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) has been at the forefront Read the full article…

FBI Approves Illinois Marijuana Business Background Checks

The FBI has approved the use of its criminal history records for out-of-state and federal background checks of Illinois medical marijuana business owners.

ILLINOIS:  Illinois officials say the FBI has approved the use of its criminal history records for out-of-state and federal background checks of medical marijuana business owners. Two state licensing agencies announced the FBI approval Tuesday. The Associated Press first reported last week that Gov. Bruce Rauner had awarded the marijuana business licenses before out-of-state criminal Read the full article…

Comey: FBI ‘Grappling’ With Hiring Policy Concerning Marijuana

“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Mr. Comey said.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Monday was a big day for the nation’s cyber police. The Justice Department charged five Chinese military officials with hacking, and brought charges against the creators of powerful hacking software. But FBI Director James B. Comey said Monday that if the FBI hopes to continue to keep pace with cyber criminals, the organization may have to Read the full article…

Justice Department Giving Washington State Access To FBI Database

While cannabis smoke has been implicated in respiratory dysfunction, including the conversion of respiratory cells to what appears to be a pre-cancerous state [5], it has not been causally linked with tobacco related cancers [6] such as lung, colon or rectal cancers.

WASHINGTON: After a year of requests, the U.S. Justice Department says it is giving Washington state access to an FBI database so it can conduct nationwide background checks on people who apply to run legal marijuana businesses. In a statement provided to The Associated Press, the department said Thursday that allowing the checks is consistent Read the full article…

FBI Balks At Background Checks For Washington State Retail Marijuana

WASHINGTON:  The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been Read the full article…