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California Marijuana Possession

California Metropolitan Area Counties
1995 Marijuana Possession Arrests by Race

(Data Source: Uniform Crime Reports. See below for notes.)


ALL

BLACK

WHITE

AM. INDIAN

ASIAN-PAC.

METROPOLITAN AREA

JURISDICTION

TL

POP

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

TL

POP (est)

RATE

All listed below.

All listed below.

34,838 30,004,064 116.11 5,027 2,302,286 218.35 29,359 23,907,432 122.80 102 263,816 38.66 350 3,530,748 9.91

Bakersfield, Ca.

Kern

384 598,106 64.20 22 38,518 57.12 360 522,924 68.84 1 10,527 9.50 1 26,137 3.83

Chico-Paradise, Ca.

Butte

196 191,539 102.33 10 2,739 365.10 184 177,978 103.38 2 3,754 53.27 0 7,068 0.00

Fresno, Ca.

Fresno

900 728,378 123.56 134 38,386 349.09 762 604,845 125.98 3 9,323 32.18 1 75,824 1.32

Fresno, Ca.

Madera

92 105,451 87.24 5 3,596 139.05 87 97,806 88.95 0 2,077 0.00 0 1,982 0.00

Los Angeles-Long Beach, Ca.

Los Angeles

8,109 9,155,882 88.57 2,228 1,052,011 211.78 5,817 6,872,405 84.64 15 56,766 26.42 49 1,174,700 4.17

Merced, Ca.

Merced

314 197,836 158.72 40 9,694 412.63 270 165,688 162.96 2 2,196 91.08 2 20,258 9.87

Modesto, Ca.

Stanislaus

539 408,806 131.85 29 7,686 377.33 507 369,642 137.16 2 4,947 40.43 1 26,532 3.77

Oakland, Ca.

Alameda

987 945,700 104.37 183 180,345 101.47 784 585,388 133.93 2 7,755 25.79 18 172,212 10.45

Oakland, Ca.

Contra Costa

695 844,613 82.29 85 81,674 104.07 605 655,842 92.25 0 5,997 0.00 5 101,016 4.95

Orange County, Ca.

Orange

5,160 2,555,945 201.88 186 47,541 391.24 4,903 2,172,809 225.65 7 14,569 48.05 64 321,027 19.94

Redding, Ca.

Shasta

296 160,824 184.05 13 1,271 1,023.21 273 151,319 180.41 10 4,487 222.87 0 3,747 0.00

Riverside-San Bernardino, Ca.

Riverside

1,193 1,356,688 87.93 200 79,366 252.00 979 1,200,533 81.55 4 15,873 25.20 10 60,915 16.42

Riverside-San Bernardino, Ca.

San Bernardino

1,159 1,547,195 74.91 179 129,964 137.73 975 1,318,365 73.96 5 17,638 28.35 0 81,228 0.00

Sacramento, Ca.

El Dorado

186 145,569 127.77 3 786 381.64 183 139,484 131.20 0 1,659 0.00 0 3,654 0.00

Sacramento, Ca.

Placer

293 199,480 146.88 8 1,317 607.64 282 190,144 148.31 1 2,354 42.48 2 5,645 35.43

Sacramento, Ca.

Sacramento

613 1,102,826 55.58 180 108,518 165.87 427 851,271 50.16 3 14,557 20.61 3 128,479 2.34

Salinas, Ca.

Monterey

433 317,970 136.18 11 19,269 57.09 416 263,565 157.84 0 3,339 0.00 6 31,765 18.89

San Diego, Ca.

San Diego

4,318 2,645,313 163.23 619 171,945 360.00 3,591 2,183,441 164.47 23 23,808 96.61 85 266,118 31.94

San Francisco, Ca.

Marin

289 221,814 130.29 26 8,451 307.65 263 200,808 130.97 0 932 0.00 0 11,601 0.00

San Francisco, Ca.

San Francisco

672 738,371 91.01 198 80,113 247.15 470 400,345 117.40 0 3,840 0.00 4 254,073 1.57

San Francisco, Ca.

San Mateo

471 679,627 69.30 60 37,515 159.93 393 501,497 78.37 1 3,262 30.65 17 137,421 12.37

San Jose, Ca.

Santa Clara

2,763 1,561,614 176.93 251 59,966 418.57 2,470 1,164,808 212.05 7 10,931 64.04 35 326,065 10.73

San Luis Obispo-Atascadero, Paso Robles, Ca.

San Luis Obispo

314 224,831 139.66 9 6,250 143.99 300 207,879 144.31 3 2,631 114.05 2 8,071 24.78

Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, Ca.

Santa Barbara

757 382,403 197.96 43 11,740 366.28 705 344,430 204.69 3 4,627 64.84 6 21,606 27.77

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Ca.

Santa Cruz

338 236,151 143.13 8 3,141 254.71 326 219,455 148.55 2 2,267 88.22 2 11,288 17.72

Santa Rosa, Ca.

Sonoma

457 412,251 110.85 18 6,349 283.52 436 386,073 112.93 3 5,236 57.30 0 14,635 0.00

Stockton-Lodi, Ca.

San Joaquin

394 520,771 75.66 37 30,413 121.66 351 406,149 86.42 0 5,833 0.00 6 78,428 7.65

Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, Ca.

Napa

81 115,545 70.10 4 1,259 317.60 77 108,635 70.88 0 936 0.00 0 4,714 0.00

Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, Ca.

Solano

519 369,430 140.49 150 51,572 290.85 358 254,722 140.55 0 3,842 0.00 11 59,294 18.55

Ventura, Ca.

Ventura

1,187 705,137 168.34 45 17,346 259.42 1,129 636,386 177.41 0 6,135 0.00 13 45,270 28.72

Visalia-Tulare-Porterville, Ca.

Tulare

273 344,978 79.14 5 5,865 85.26 267 313,344 85.21 1 6,037 16.56 0 19,767 0.00

Yolo, Ca.

Yolo

346 147,156 235.12 31 3,591 863.36 308 126,304 243.86 1 2,399 41.69 6 14,863 40.37

Yuba City, Ca.

Sutter

29 73,538 39.44 0 1,397 0.00 27 62,088 43.49 1 1,346 74.31 1 8,707 11.49

Yuba City, Ca.

Yuba

81 62,326 129.96 7 2,692 259.98 74 51,057 144.93 0 1,938 0.00 0 6,638 0.00

 

Notes:

TL: Total arrests.

POP: Coverage population of reporting law enforcement agencies.

RATE: Arrest Rate per 100,000 population.

Original Source: Uniform Crime Reports, 1995.

Data are total for reporting agencies. Population estimates by race are based on application of U.S. Census percentages of total population to the coverage population in which the arrests occurred. The racial categories and labels are as defined and used in the Uniform Crime Reports. Unfortunately separate data on arrests of Hispanics are not available.

The Uniform Crime Reports provides data on all drug arrests as well as data of arrests for drug possession and sales. Four categories are used to provide more specific data on arrests for different types of controlled substances: 1) Opium and Cocaine and their derivatives (such as Crack, Morphine, Heroin); 2) Marijuana; 3) Synthetic Narcotics - Manufactured Narcotics which can cause true drug addiction (such as Demerol, Methadone); 4) Other Dangerous Non-Narcotic Drugs (such as Barbiturates, Benzedrine, and Methamphetamine).

Primary Source: Chilton, Rowland, and Dee Weber. UNIFORM CRIME REPORTING PROGRAM [UNITED STATES]: ARRESTS BY AGE, SEX, AND RACE FOR POLICE AGENCIES IN METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS, 1960-1995[Computer file]. ICPSR version. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts [producer], 1998.Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor],1999.

Citation: Gettman, Jon B. "US Marijuana Arrests. Part Two - Racial Differences in Drug Arrests". Washington, D.C.: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. (2000)