10 Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in America

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  • 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
  • More Marijuana Arrests Than Violent Crime Arrests

Increased Enforcement Correlates With More Marijuana Use

The relentless criminalization of marijuana has not lessened marijuana usage. Notably, marijuana use reached an all-time low around 1990, when there were far fewer arrests for marijuana possession. As law enforcement has increasingly prioritized marijuana possession arrests, usage rates have risen.

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