This report reviews national trends in marijuana use and marijuana arrests, followed by a look at these same issues at the state level. It is the latest by Jon Gettman, Ph.D., the author in a number of reports on marijuana arrests in the United States. This report covers data from 2008 to 2012. The most significant developments, with respect to the data presented and reviewed by these reports, is that marijuana use and marijuana arrests both continue to increase.
State level data on marijuana use and marijuana arrests is important to the public review and discussion of the marijuana related issues, including but not limited to local, state, and national laws about marijuana’s use and sales. Such data is rarely available to the public in an easily accessible and/or comprehensive presentation. This report provides highlights and discussion of relevant data on these topics, as well as detailed tables provided in its appendix.