Marijuana: One pot bust every 42 seconds, FBI stats show

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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has been one of the national organizations most active in promoting Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. No surprise, then, that the group puts an election-oriented spin on just-released crime statistics from the FBI for the year 2011. According to LEAP, the data shows that one marijuana arrest is made every 42 seconds.

Moreover, the vast majority of these busts are for possession alone -- an issue a LEAP spokesman believes Amendment 64 would address.

Here are some general highlights of the FBI's "Persons Arrested" stats. They show, among other things, that more people were arrested in the U.S. for drug-related crimes during 2011 than for any other offense:

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A banner from the FBI's website featuring the latest crime stats.
• Nationwide, law enforcement made an estimated 12,408,899 arrests in 2011. Of these arrests, 534,704 were for violent crimes, and 1,639,883 were for property crimes. (Note: the UCR Program does not collect data on citations for traffic violations.)

• The highest number of arrests were for drug abuse violations (estimated at 1,531,251 arrests), larceny-theft (estimated at 1,264,986), and driving under the influence (estimated at 1,215,077).

• The estimated arrest rate for the United States in 2011 was 3,991.1 arrests per 100,000 inhabitants. The arrest rate for violent crime (including murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) was 172.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the arrest rate for property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) was 531.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.

• Two-year arrest trends show violent crime arrests declined 4.9 percent in 2011 when compared with 2010 arrests, and property crime arrests decreased 0.1 percent when compared with the 2010 arrests.

• Arrests of juveniles for all offenses decreased 11.1 percent in 2011 when compared with the 2010 number; arrests of adults declined 3.6 percent.

• Over 74 percent (74.1) of the persons arrested in the nation during 2011 were males. They accounted for 80.4 percent of persons arrested for violent crime and 62.9 percent of persons arrested for property crime.

• In 2011, 69.2 percent of all persons arrested were white, 28.4 percent were black, and the remaining 2.4 percent were of other races.

When it comes to "arrests for drug abuse violations," the FBI provides the following graphic:
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As you can see, 81.8 percent of drug arrests are for possession alone. Additionally, 49.5 percent of drug arrests are for marijuana -- 43.3 percent for possession and 6.2 percent for sales or manufacturing. The total number of marijuana arrests in 2011 was around 750,000.

To the head of LEAP, former Baltimore narcotics cop and past Westword profile subject Neill Franklin, these numbers are scandalous.

Continue to read LEAP's take on the crime statistics.



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IcePick
IcePick

"Two-year arrest trends show violent crime arrests declined 4.9 percent in 2011 when compared with 2010 arrests, and property crime arrests decreased 0.1 percent when compared with the 2010 arrests."

 

You know why this is, right?  It's because adults have better access to marijuana and so they don't need to steal to get their "high" from more expensive substances.

mattleising
mattleising topcommenter

Hopefully when 64 passes the Feds will finally open up their eyes and start going after real criminals and stop wasting our tax dollars on harmless offenders. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Headline should read -- One Pot LIE Every 42 Seconds from the A64 Whores !

pitchman101
pitchman101

New laws will take the place of old laws to accomidate the new ( legal view of Marijuana.). Its a precess thats way past due. Yes on 64!.

 It will be nice when this passes next week so no one needs to listen to Donkeyhotay's pathetic rants.It would be nice for him to at minimum, say something that could be considered a just argument other than the continued bashing of moral and ethical logical diolog.

orson
orson

A64 would not decrease marijuana related arrests and probably would cause an increase in marijuana related arrests.  Sorry to be a buzz kill people but this is the reality of the situation. ......

 

"The number of people arrested for possession had been dropping since 2007, but rose 7 percent last year.  The increase comes despite more lenient laws and enforcement in Colorado. ... Attorney Brian Vicente, the co-chair of the Amendment 64 campaign, said he doesn’t know why possession arrests have been rising."

"Misunderstanding about laws might also play a role in why overall arrests are rising. Breckenridge Police chief Shannon Haynes said her municipal arrests rose after the resort town voted to legalize marijuana, resulting in national publicity. Though the charge of possession of marijuana has been removed from its municipal code, there is still a ban on using it in public. Hayes says she believes arrests rose in Breckenridge – from 21 to 32 from 2008 to 2011 – “because there was a general misimpression that marijuana was now legal in Breckenridge and you could do it anywhere.”"

"Driving while impaired would remain illegal under Amendment 64, as would using marijuana in public. For example, a random check of four men who pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in recent Lakewood municipal court cases found all four men might have been cited even if Amendment 64 passes. Of those four cases, two of the men were driving, and one crashed his car into a concrete barrier. The other two were smoking marijuana in vehicles in shopping mall garages, in sight of security cameras, other shoppers and mall cops."

 

http://radiocoloradocollege.org/2012/10/marijuana-possession-arrests-up-non-whites-at-higher-rates/

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

@Charles Gleason are you proud to have the No on 64 button as your picture when the majority of the dollars received by the people you support come from a child molester?

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Is US drug prohibition and the consequences of the US drug prohibition a Crime Against Humanity? According to Michelle Alexander, the United States "imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid". 1966, the UN General Assembly labelled apartheid as a crime against humanity (resolution 2202 A (XXI) of 16 December 1966) and in 1984 the Security Council endorsed this determination (resolution 556 (1984) of 23 October 1984). So if apartheid is a crime against humanity, what is something that is larger then a crime against humanity? October 28, 2012 Crazy For Justice International Contact Corey Donahue mmedcora@hotmail.com Thursday in Mexico City, Corey Donahue, founder of Crazy for Justice International entered the Embassy of Bolivia in order to seek asylum from the political persecution he faced at the hands of the governments of the United States of America. Corey has been a lifelong cannabis and human rights activist. He has faced arrest many times due to his political belief that the US government’s drug prohibition is a crime against humanity. When reached for comment Corey had this to say, "I have been persecuted many times by the governments of the United States, be it being arrested in the Governor´s office for no offence or being put in jail for possession of less than 1oz of cannabis even though I have a constitutional right to possess 2oz or having a restraining order take out against me not once but four times by members of the government of the State of Colorado and I have had enough I will no longer be persecuted for my political beliefs.¨ In an attached video statement Corey spells out more of his quest for asylum. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgWDWARZnAQ&list=HL1351226253&feature=mh_lolz The Bolivian Embassy is working with Corey Donahue on his asylum claim. The government of Bolivia asked for as much detailed proof of political repression at the hands of the Governments of the United States America. If anyone has pictures, videos or verifiable stories of political persecution at the hands of the US governments, especially regarding drug related issues, please email them to Crazy for Justice International at mmedcora@hotmail.com. Upon receiving these reports the staff at Crazy for Justice will relay the evidence to the Government of Bolivia as well as other governments and peoples around the world. To confirm this story you can call Ricardo Olmos, Encargado De Asuntos Consulares Enbajada De Boliva Phone 5552553630 Ext. 13 Email embahada-consular@embol.org.mx

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

So for some reason DonkeyHotray has decided that it is his mission to bombard those of reading the Phoenix New Times (yes PHOENIX New Times) with his A64 tirades.  Do you Westword readers find him as annoying as he's made himself on the New Times blogs???

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

I love how people bash the police...until they need them for something. Then they're crying big tears until the po-po comes and helps them.

Matt Gunderson
Matt Gunderson

boy aren't you just a ray of sunshine jonny? I simply don't get why any one person cares what another thinks, believes, smokes, eats, its all relative man, gotta make like the dude and just relax mannnnn!

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

God doesn't exist...made-up fairy tale. Don't do the crime if you're not willing to do the time/take the punishment. Whining like a 14 year old girl does nothing except make you look like the self-entitled, self-centered douche you really are.

Jered Stars
Jered Stars

Weed was invented by GOD for everyone!

Canna CenterDenver
Canna CenterDenver

get blazed... every 42 seconds? haha. This number is eye-opening.

Chris Rixman
Chris Rixman

Lawmakers are idiots and so are the cops who think they're heros? whats yoru reaction WESTWORD

Tracy Strode
Tracy Strode

Good thing we're getting all those nasty violent criminals off the street!! Marijuana was invented by the devil to make our children homosexuals after all.

Virginia Kostmayer
Virginia Kostmayer

Every eight seconds someone does in the world from Tobacco related illness. What harm is marijuana causing?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

More LIES from the LYING LIARS promoting A64.

 

Any ARRESTS for Marijuana are -- ipso facto -- above and beyond the pathetically puny limits of A64, and therefore would NOT BE PREVENTED by A64 !!

 

Keep lying, liars -- deliberate false statements regarding an Election Initiative is a Criminal Offense in Colorado ... and a clear violation of the Colorado Bar Association's Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers. Your career is about over now, Lyin' Brian Vicente.

 

 

Monkey
Monkey

Legalizing weed would stop arrests. Allowing an ounce of weed.........Not so much. There is a big difference between legalization and allowing small amounts of an illegal substance, I hope people understand the difference. If A64 passes, I hope the supporters are right about the benifits. If it fails, I hope we come up with something better next time.

jose257
jose257 topcommenter

Everyone in Congress should be thrown in jail for treason against the Constitution and the liberty it is supposed to guarantee.

 

IcePick
IcePick

 @DonkeyHotay Why should it read that?  Oh, yea, because the truth scares people like you...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @pitchman101 Moron, A64 does not repeal or replace a single existing Colorado Criminal Statute against Marijuana.

 

Not one.

 

Grow a brain you clueless imbecile.

IcePick
IcePick

 @orson All red herrings.  Yes on A64, it makes it so we no longer have to listen to all the prohibitionists red herrings!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!

Matt_in_Boulder
Matt_in_Boulder

 @LegitQuestions 

Donkey is probably paid by the word to spew lies and BS about A64.  It shows up on a number of forums and repeats the same nothingness over and over and over again.  Sorry to hear it found you at the Phoenix New Times.  As with most trolls, rabid skunks, etc., the best way to deal with Donkey is to plug your nose and try to avoid it. 

ccapra
ccapra

 @DonkeyHotayYou're one of the biggest liars on here so stop throwing stones.  I'm quite sure Brian's quaking in his boots over lies posted online by an anonymous twit.

 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Monkey. You have demonstrated quite clearly that you do not understand the difference; Amendment 64 legalizes the (limited) personal use of cannabis in Colorado, and it goes considerably beyond "allowing an ounce of weed", as you know.  Legalizing the cultivation of some cannabis is the most significant part of the Amendment, which also permits the possession of an unlimited amount of cannabis on the premises where legally grown, and the transfer without remuneration of an ounce to other adults.  The Amendment does not overturn Prohibition, but it would be insane for anyone who uses cannabis not to welcome this major advance against it -- it is hard to imagine that there anyone who uses cannabis tries to make the case that legalizing no cannabis is better than legalizing some cannabis, but here you are!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @jose257 Strong words, jose257. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @jose257 The United States needs to be cleansed of the Republican and Democratic Parties just as much as Germany needed denazification after WWII; it's up to us to do it!

pitchman101
pitchman101

 @DonkeyHotay

 Its pretty funny to watch you fall apart in front of everyone here on these threads. Keep up the ignorant work DONKYHOBAG! haha!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @DonkeyHotay Damn , you could very well be speaking of me in your comment . To the contrary , I do agree w/ you and have since I investigated your angle . My card has expired & I have no intention of renewing it EVER !!!

Monkey
Monkey

 @RobertChase I fear un-intended consequences. Much like what happened with A64s predecessor, HB1284/1043. I believe those laws made our weed less legal. on a side note, I think it is interesting that people get arrested for manufacturing Heroin or Cocaine more than manufacturing marijuana. I've always known many people who grow weed, but I've never known someone who made the big H or the big C. Like I said before, if A64 passes, I hope the supporters, like yourself, are right. If it fails, I hope we come up with something that closer resembles legalization next time. Good luck.

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