Did You Know? Marijuana and Drug Arrests, on DrugWarFacts.org

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Did you know that nearly 1.7 million people were arrested in the 2009 in the United States for drug offenses, more than 750,000 for marijuana possession?

"Although the intent of a 'War on Drugs' may have been to target drug smugglers and 'King Pins,' over half (51.6%) of the 1,663,582 total 2009 arrests for drug abuse violations were for marijuana -- a calculated total of 858,408. Of those, an estimated 758,593 people (45.6%) were arrested for marijuana possession alone. By contrast in 2000, a total of 734,497 Americans were arrested for marijuana offenses, of which 646,042 were for possession alone."

Source: "Crime in the United States 2009," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2010), Table 29 (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_29.html), and "Arrest Table: Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations," (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2010), http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/arrests/index.html), via the DrugWarFacts.org Crime chapter.

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The title of the FBI report

The title of the FBI report is not appropriate;  Instead of "Drug Abuse Violations" it should read Drug Prohibition Violations, or something even more appropriate. 

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