10 Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in America

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  • Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests
  • Who’s Using Marijuana?
  • Marijuana Arrests Make Up More Than Half of Drug Arrests
  • One Marijuana Arrest Every 37 Seconds
  • More Marijuana Arrests Than Violent Crime Arrests
  • Marijuana Use Is Equal Among Blacks and Whites
  • States Spent More Than $3.6 billion on Marijuana Enforcement Laws
  • D.C., New York and Maryland Spend the Most on Arrests
  • Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrests Have Increased
  • Increased Enforcement Correlates With More Marijuana Use

Marijuana Arrests Make Up More Than Half of Drug Arrests

Marijuana arrests have increased between 2001 and 2010 and now account for more than half (52 percent) of all drug arrests in the United States, and marijuana possession arrests account for nearly half (46 percent) of all drug arrests. (Photo: REUTERS/John Gress /Landov)

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