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One Drug Abuse Arrest Every Nineteen Seconds

This data ought to just warm the cockles of your heart. From Mike Riggs:

Law enforcement agents in the U.S. arrested 1,638,846 people last year for drug abuse violations, according to an FBI report released today, surpassing arrests for all other crimes. In a press release, the drug reform group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition says that comes out to roughly one arrest every 19 seconds. 

The other revelation contained in the FBI’s report is that 81.9 percent of those arrests, or roughly 1,327,00, were for possession. Of that statistic, marijuana possession made up nearly half the arrests at 45.8 percent. Possession of heroine, cocaine, or a derivative made up 16.4 percent of arrests, possession of synthetic drugs made up 4.1 percent, and possession of “other dangerous non-narcotic drugs” made up 15.7 percent of arrests.

Aren’t you glad it’s been forty-plus years of law enforcement wasting their efforts and resources on non-violent “offenders?”

  1. September 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I just started a petition on the White House petitions site, We the People.
    Will you sign it?
    Prisoners being held for the peaceful,non-violent possession,sale,transport or cultivation of cannabis must be released

    We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama
    Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets
    enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response.


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