Washington, D.C.: Despite an overwhelming majority of Americans recently indicating a preference for ceasing arrests for minor marijuana offenses and nearly sixty percent support in favor of outright legalization, a new report from former NORML executive director and Shenandoah University professor Jon Gettman, Ph.D indicates that American law enforcement’s continued focus on actively enforcing cannabis prohibition laws is yielding wildly disparate enforcement patterns across the nation.
In 2006 NORML Foundation published a county-by-county analysis of cannabis-related arrests also researched and written by Dr. Gettman.
According to FBI annual data, in 2012 there were 750,000 cannabis-related arrests in America, ninety percent for possession only.
For more information, please contact Jon Gettman, Ph.D at www.drugscience.org or Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director at: (202) 483-5500. The report can be viewed at: http://norml.org/pdf_files/JBG_Marijuana_in_the_States_2012.pdf.