Marijuana arrests rose to a record level in 1999 according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Report entitled Crime in the United States. During the Clinton administration 4,175,357 Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges.
There were 704,812 marijuana arrests during 1999, almost 22,000 more than in 1998, topping the previous record set in 1997 of 695,200 marijuana arrests. Of the total marijuana related arrests, 88 percent (620,541) were for possession. Marijuana possession arrests accounted for just over half of all drug possession arrests. Marijuana arrests accounted for five percent all arrests. There were more marijuana arrests in 1999 than for all violent crimes combined (635,990), including murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
"These latest arrest statistics are a national disgrace," said Keith Stroup, NORML Executive Director. "We're destroying people's lives for no good reason. It's time we stopped arresting responsible marijuana smokers and focus these law enforcement resources on serious and violent crime."
For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Executive Director at (202) 483-5500. To view the Crime in the United States Report please visit www.fbi.gov/ucr.htm.