Every 38 seconds in this country, someone is arrested for a marijuana offense. In 2006, 738,915 Americans were charged with marijuana possession only.
In past years, roughly 30 percent of those arrested were age 19 or younger.
“Present policies have done little if anything to decrease marijuana’s availability or dissuade youth from trying it,” St. Pierre said, noting young people in the U.S. now frequently report that they have easier access to pot than alcohol or tobacco.
If past trends are any indication, those arrested are likely to be disproportionately non-white, despite the fact that drug use rates are roughly equal when compared across racial lines. Considering that 8 million people have been arrested for marijuana offenses over the past decade, and nearly 100 million Americans have admitted to having used it, can anyone explain the point to all of this? Or is the only explanation that still makes sense that it gives police and prosecutors more to do?