Marijuana Arrest Data Absent From Latest FBI Uniform Crime Report

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…

D.C. Marijuana Possession Arrests Drop By 99% In 2015

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Washington D.C. just celebrated its first anniversary of legalized recreational marijuana. Last November, D.C. implemented laws that legalized marijuana use, possession and cultivation within a person’s home, but not the retailing of marijuana. The Metropolitan Police Department’s recently released data reveal marijuana possession arrests drastically reduced, by 99.2%, in 2015. Here is a Read the full article…

Marijuana Arrests On Rise In Va., Blacks Arrested Three Times More Than Whites

VIRGINIA: While the trend in much of the United States is moving toward decriminalization or legalization of marijuana, Virginia is heading in the opposite direction: sharply rising arrest totals for possession of pot, and a disproportionate number of black people arrested in the commonwealth, according to a new study based on state data reported to the FBI. Though Read the full article…

Marijuana Arrests Drop 40% This Year As NYPD Mellows Out

NEW YORK: Cops are following through on Mayor de Blasio’s pledge to stop locking people up for carrying small amounts of pot. Police cuffed 18,120 stoners through Oct. 20 — a 40 percent plummet from the 29,906 pot busts in the same period last year, state Division of Criminal Justice records show. At the same time, tickets Read the full article…

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

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…

Oregon Lawmakers Mull Erasing Marijuana Arrests

OREGON:   Lawmakers are mulling over two bills that could erase marijuana arrests or reduce sentences for certain Oregonians ahead of recreational pot becoming legal in July. If you were cited with a marijuana-related crime that would have sent you to jail under newer laws, you’re likely not going to get a break. However, if you Read the full article…

ACLU: Steep Drop In Pot Cases Has Freed Up Resources

WASHINGTON:  Legalization of marijuana in Washington has resulted in far fewer pot arrests, thereby freeing up law-enforcement and court resources, the ACLU says. But Ian Goodhew, of the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said prosecutors handled few misdemeanor pot cases before the law took effect. A steep drop in charges filed against adults over 21 in Read the full article…

VIRAL WEB HOAX STORY OF THE WEEK: Colorado Governor Set To Release Those Convicted On Marijuana Related Charges, Expunge Records

HOAX ALERT: While we wish it were true, this trending web story is not true. REPEAT: THIS STORY IS A HOAX: COLORADO:  With the passage of Amendment 64, Colorado residents proved themselves to be forward thinking, but while residents of the state are busy enjoying their newfound freedoms, little has been done for those serving time on Read the full article…