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Every 42.0 seconds someone is arrested for Marijuana in the US

According to FBI statistics there were over 750,000 arrests for Marijuana Sale or Possession in the United States in 2011. That means that on average someone is arrested for Marijuana every 42.0 seconds. In the time it takes you to read this blog post at least 2 people have been arrested for pot.

The statistics are staggering and continue to rise as the ‘War on Drugs’ enters its fourth decade of existence. If we widen the scope to all drug arrests for 2011 one occurred every 21 seconds. Of the 1.5 Million drug arrests in the US in 2011 almost 50% were for marijuana.

Currently there are three states with initiatives on their election ballots in 2012 that would legalize marijuana. The states are Colorado, Oregon, and Washington and there is a likely chance that the initiatives in Colorado and Washington will pass. The next question is what will the federal government do?

So far Attorney General Eric Holder’s office have kept pretty quiet on their stance towards states legalizing marijuana. This is to the chagrin of many former heads of the DEA who claim that it will lead to a constitutional showdown between the states and the federal government. I wonder what these same folk think of Arizona’s attempt to runaround the feds on immigration policy?

What do you think, should marijuana be legalized?

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