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"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana arrests account for almost half of all drug arrests in the United States, which spends $4 billion a year to catch, prosecute and incarcerate offenders, according to a report released on Tuesday.
"Since 1990, there have been 6.2 million arrests for marijuana possession and an additional one million for marijuana trafficking. As of 2002, marijuana arrests comprised 45 percent of all drug arrests," the report by The Sentencing Project said.
The Washington think tank, which promotes alternatives to imprisonment, said daily use of the drug by high school seniors nearly tripled to 6 percent from 2.2 percent during the years 1990 to 2002. Meanwhile, the street price of the drug has fallen in real terms and its purity has increased.
It also found that of the 734,000 marijuana arrests in 2000, only 6 percent resulted in a felony conviction. Marijuana arrests more than doubled, from 327,000 to 697,000 from 1990 to 2002, while arrests for other drugs rose by only 10 percent.
"The 'war on drugs' has been transformed into a 'war on marijuana' through dramatic shifts in law enforcement policies and practices," said Ryan King, co-author of the report.
He said arresting such large numbers at an annual cost of $4 billion was a poor investment in public safety and diverted resources from more serious crime problems." (Emphasis mine - nice to see someone in Washington with some sense... )
"The Washington think tank, which promotes alternatives to imprisonment, said daily use of the drug by high school seniors nearly tripled to 6 percent from 2.2 percent during the years 1990 to 2002. Meanwhile, the street price of the drug has fallen in real terms and its purity has increased."
okay this number is entirely too low... 6% upwards of 15% ATLEAST
"in times of widespread chaos and confusion, it has been the duty of more advanced human beings - artists, scientists, clowns, and philosophers - to create order. In such times as ours however, when there is too much order, too much m management, too much programming and control, it becomes the duty of superior men and women and women to fling their favorite monkey wrenches into the machinery. To relieve the repression of the human spirit, they must sow doubt and disruption"
"People do it every day, they talk to themselves ... they see themselves as they'd like to be, they don't have the courage you have, to just run with it."
Oh yes, of course it's probably much higher, but they're probably going by polls. Some are no doubt not answering truthfully and in light of the current political climate, I really can't blame them. Be that as it may, the arrest statistics, I think, are still accurate....