These are scary numbers and there is a core problem that is being ignored. The core problem being ignored is why are so many people retreating into either illegal drugs or the illegal use of prescription drugs.
The second core problem is that there is an entire industry dependent on the addiction process and its crazy patchwork quilt of laws for their financial well being.
The third problem is that all indications are that this situation is corrupting our legal system.
So, you may not believe or agree with all these points: then ask yourself “just what would be the economic consequences and job displacements if all drugs were made legal?” Think in terms of all hundreds of thousands police and correction officers as well as lawyers and court employees that would be unemployed.”
More than 1.6 million people were arrested for drug offenses in the US last year, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report 2010, and more than half of them were for marijuana. That’s a drug arrest every 19 seconds, 24 hours a day, every day last year. The numbers suggest that despite “no more war on drugs” rhetoric emanating from Washington, the drug war juggernaut is rolling along on cruise control.
Overall, 1,638,846 were arrested on drug charges in 2010, up very slightly from the 1,633,582 arrested in 2009. But while the number of drug arrests appears to be stabilizing, they are stabilizing at historically high levels. Overall drug arrests are up 8.3% from a decade ago.
Marijuana arrests last year stood at 853,838, down very slightly from 2009’s 858,408. But for the second year in a row, pot busts accounted for more arrests than all other drugs combined, constituting 52% of all drug arrests in 2010. Nearly eight million people have been arrested on pot charges since 2000.
The vast majority (88%) off marijuana arrests were for simple possession, with more than three-quarters of a million (750,591) busted in small-time arrests. Another 103,247 people were charged with sale or manufacture, a category that includes everything from massive marijuana smuggling operations to persons growing a single plant in their bedroom closets.
A Drug Arrest Every 19 Seconds