Seeking to underscore their argument that the War on Drugs is often just a war on marijuana, pro-decriminalization forces today highlighted new FBI statistics showing nearly half (49.5 percent) of the nation's drug arrests are cannabis-related.
More than 8 out of 10 arrests were for "possession only," notes Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).
That's a lot of manpower and cash going toward policing pot. Says LEAP:
... Police in the U.S. arrest someone for marijuana every 42 seconds and that 87% of those arrests are for possession alone.
The good news is that the drug numbers are down for these latest figures, just released by the FBI, when compared to years' past.
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LEAP's Neill Franklin, a former narcotics cop, says:
Even excluding the costs involved for later trying and then imprisoning these people, taxpayers are spending between one and a half to three billion dollars a year just on the police and court time involved in making these arrests. That's a lot of money to spend for a practice that four decades of unsuccessful policies have proved does nothing to reduce the consumption of drugs.