Report: Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests Skyrocketing in California
Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, November, 11th 2011 by THCFinder
It's a fine time to be a criminal in California. Arrests in every category of crime are down -- way down: Arrests for rape, murder, and theft have all decreased by two-thirds since 1990, according to a study published last week by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice.
Every crime except one, that is: Misdemeanor marijuana possession, which is why the study is aptly titled, "Misdemeanor Marijuana Arrests are Skyrocketing."
Annual busts for simple possession, with no sales, transporting, or other penalty enhancements added, have doubled since 1990 to 54,800 arrests in 2010, according to California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation statistics.
As usual, the vast majority of those incarcerated for simple possession are black, the study says. But in an interesting twist, they're not just black -- they're young and black, with over half of these busts involving teens.
These arrests were all made before Jan. 1, 2011, when a law that makes possession of less than an ounce an infraction punishable by a fine, with no court appearance required. To be completely unfair, marijuana possession comprised 8 percent of all drug busts in 1990, and 30 percent today.
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