Cannabis News: Cannabis possession arrests continue to rise while violent criminal arrest rates plummet
by Craig Wasserman
Credit: Emily EarlenBaugh, Forbes.com
Public support of Cannabis over the last decade has sky-rocketed! 33 states have now legalized the plant for medical and/or recreational use, some even declaring it to be essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. This holistic alternative to the many harmful, addictive and often ineffective western approaches to medicine has been absolutely monumental.
However, despite the legalization of Cannabis in eighteen states 545,602 arrests were still made in 2020. Yeah--over half a million arrests, and the vast majority of those arrested (I’m talking 92 percent) weren’t making money illegally distributing, cultivating, or manufacturing the plant, but they were arrested instead for simply using it. As more people begin to incorporate Cannabis into their lives, police officials incorporate the opportunity to unduly place these people (who are in rightful possession of the plant) under arrest. Is it the new mechanism for meeting the monthly quota? I don’t know.
But what I do know is we must protect and promote the sacred civil safety & violent criminals threaten our public safety. So why are the arrests for those engaging in violent crimes NINE percent lower than those made in relation to cannabis? Even if we disregard the 8% of crimes committed for unregulated cannabis practice and just focus on the arrests for possession, the numbers still outpace the amount of arrests made that year for violent crimes.
Marijuana possession versus criminal violence progression; you tell me where police focus should be to ensure the safety of the people.