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Marijuana is still a major target for the War on Drugs despite conservatives who would like you to believe harder drugs like heroin, and cocaine are the driving forces.

The evidence shows otherwise reports mlive.com 9-21-2013.

FBI statistics show that every 42 seconds a person is arrested for marijuana in the U.S.

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting data, there were a total of 1.5 million drug arrests made nationwide in 2011, and out of those arrests, about 750,000 were for marijuana (just under half, 49.5 percent), that's one marijuana arrest every 42 seconds and one drug arrest every 21 seconds in the U.S., reported the huffingtonpost.com.

Every hour last year, America’s police officers arrested 59 rapists, murderers or other violent criminals. During that same hour, 75 other people were captured exclusively for the crime of possessing marijuana, according to Ken Brown on mlive.com.

Unfortunately, pot possession accounts for 42 percent of all drug arrests in the U.S., and about another 92,000 nabbed for either selling, or growing marijuana. Together, that accounts for nearly half of the arrests for this War on Drugs.

Those arrested for simple pot possession are further marred by their involvement in the criminal justice system, and all the collateral damage that can cause a person. One could argue that the pot laws in and of themselves are more detrimental than the drug could ever be alone to the smoker.

Neill Franklin, a retired Baltimore narcotics cop who now heads LEAP, (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), stated: "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," reported huffingtonpost.com.

Overview of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program 2012

  • Nationwide, law enforcement made an estimated 12,196,959 arrests in 2012. Of these arrests, 521,196 were for violent crimes, and 1,646,212 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 1,552,432 arrests), driving under the influence (estimated at 1,282,957), and larceny-theft (estimated at 1,282,352). (See Table 29.)
  • The estimated arrest rate for the United States in 2012 was 3,888.2 arrests per 100,000 inhabitants. The arrest rate for violent crime (including murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) was 166.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, and the arrest rate for property crime (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson) was 528.1 per 100,000 inhabitants. (See Table 30.)
  • Two-year arrest trends show violent crime arrests declined 1.8 percent in 2012 when compared with 2011 arrests, but property crime arrests increased 0.3 percent when compared with the 2011 arrests.
  • Arrests of juveniles for all offenses decreased 10.4 percent in 2012 when compared with the 2011 number; arrests of adults declined 0.9 percent. (See Table 36.)
  • Nearly 74 percent (73.8) of the persons arrested in the nation during 2012 were males. They accounted for 80.1 percent of persons arrested for violent crime and 62.6 percent of persons arrested for property crime. (See Table 42.)
  • In 2012, 69.3 percent of all persons arrested were white, 28.1 percent were black, and the remaining 2.6 percent were of other races. (See Table 43.)

Cops arrest more people for pot than all violent crimes put together, and that simply should not be the priority now, or in the future.

More information on LEAP and FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program

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If you or a loved one needs help with any type of drug abuse/addiction problem, contact these sites depending on where you live. SEMCA (Wayne County residents), CARE (Macomb County residents), PACE (Oakland County residents), Drug Free Detroit (City of Detroit residents). For those residing outside the State of Michigan, contact SAMHSA for assistance. For assistance with medical marijuana issues contact The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, Michigan Medical Marijuana Certification Center, or greentreesdetroit.com, phone number: (313) 967-9999, or (248) 677-2888.

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