Law enforcement officers made just over 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges in 2014, according to data released by the FBI on Monday. Of that total, 88.4 percent — or about 619,800 arrests — were made for marijuana possession alone, a rate of about one arrest every 51 seconds over the entire year.
While the national conversation about marijuana continued to shift in 2014, with recreational weed laws fully in effect in Colorado and Washington — and measures to legalize the plant being passed in Washington, D.C., Oregon and Alaska — the year also saw a reversal in a seven-year trend of largely declining possession arrests.
The 2014 figures mark a minor uptick from 2013, a year that saw 609,570 people booked on possession charges alone. Arrests for possession, however, have generally been trending downward since 2007, when they reached an all-time high of 775,137.