The FBI Says 2016 Saw More Arrests for Cannabis than Violent Crime

Getty In 2015, cannabis arrests had dropped to the lowest they had been since the 90s. Unfortunately, that declining trend did not continue in 2016, as new data from the FBI illustrates. In 2016, there were a total of 653,000 people who were arrested on marijuana charges – and though it was not specific in the types of charges, over the years possession charges have generally made up 85-90% of marijuana related arrests, with 40% making up possession of insignificant amounts of the herb. While this is still a decline since the peak in 2007 – when there were...

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