Smoke more, arrest less, America. The new trends in marijuana legalization are leading to fewer arrests and more use, bucking the traditional notions that guide law enforcement.
By KEITH HUMPHREYS | February 11, 2015
There’s been a general principle guiding drug policy for years: drug laws are enforced in tandem with the drug’s use. But recent enforcement of marijuana laws has not followed that principle. The federal government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports that in the aggregate Americans used marijuana on over 3.5 billion days in 2013, a rise of 57 percent since 2007. But over that same period, the FBI Uniform Crime Report recorded that marijuana possession arrests fell 21 percent to 609,000.