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USA. Marijuana possession versus violent crime arrests

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Seth Rogen on cannabis

Seth Rogen. See source.

USA. Marijuana possession versus violent crime arrests
Murder rates for USA, Canada, and Europe

Europe and Canada have much lower murder rates than the USA. They also have more harm-reduction oriented drug policies. Sources and data here and here. See Wikipedia: List of countries by intentional homicide rate.

USA. Percent of drug arrests

Marijuana arrests accounted for 52% of all U.S. drug arrests in 2010.

USA. Cannabis arrest info and stats

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U.S. cannabis arrests by year

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Arrests timeline by drug

Year  Arrests
1965   18,815 
1966   31,119 
1967   61,843 
1968   95,870 
1969  118,903
1970  188,682
1971  225,828
1972  292,179
1973  420,700
1974  445,000
1975  416,100
1976  441,100
1977  457,600
1978  445,800
1979  391,600
1980  401,982
1981  400,300
1982  455,600
1983  406,900
1984  419,400
1985  451,100
1986  361,800
1987  378,700
1988  391,600
Year  Arrests
1989  399,000
1990  326,900
1991  287,900
1992  342,300
1993  380,700
1994  481,100
1995  589,000
1996  641,600
1997  695,200
1998  682,900
1999  704,800
2000  734,500
2001  723,600
2002  697,100
2003  755,200
2004  771,600
2005  786,500
2006  829,600
2007  872,700
2008  847,863
2009  858,408
2010  853,839
2011  757,969
2012  749,825

Chart above from United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Image info. Source: Drugs and Crime Facts: Drug law violations and enforcement. Data source here. 23,488,625 U.S. cannabis arrests from 1965 to 2012. Of the 757,969 in 2011 an estimated 663,032 were for marijuana possession alone. See cannabis arrests. Data sources here and here. See template.

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More info and news

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  • marijuana-arrests.com
  • March On Mayor Bloomberg's House: Protest Marijuana Arrests. By Steve Elliott. March 28, 2012. From the article: "Under Bloomberg, More Than 400,000 People Arrested on Low-Level Marijuana Charges in NYC. ... He's spending at least $75 million a year for these arrests. ... In the last five years under Bloomberg, the NYPD made more marijuana arrests than in the 24 years under Mayors Giuliani, Dinkins and Koch combined."

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