10 Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in America

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  • 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
  • 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

States Spent More Than $3.6 Billion on Marijuana Enforcement Laws

The ACLU estimates the total national expenditure of enforcing marijuana possession laws at approximately $3.613 billion. In 2010, states spent an estimated $1,747,157,206 policing marijuana possession arrests, $1,371,200,815 adjudicating marijuana possession cases, and $495,611,826 incarcerating individuals for marijuana possession.


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