Published on October 15th, 2015 | by News Feed
Weed Arrests Up Across the Country Despite Positive Public Opinion On Marijuana
Media outlets have made an effort to devote more and more time to the issue of marijuana legalization. Polling companies have also dedicated significant time to the issue in recent months. Every single year the number of American adults that support the legalization of marijuana climbs. And while the public has a clear opinion that marijuana should not be prohibited, the elected officials are doing all they can to ignore the will of the people and to enforce archaic laws that have no place in our society.
The FBI has released their new statistics for the year of 2014 and they paint a grim picture as it relates to marijuana users. The number f arrests for marijuana possession were up for the first time in over 7 years. In 2014 alone over 700,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession. This uptick in the numbers, the first since 2009, shows that the local law enforcement officials are attempting to enforce the laws much more stringently. This is a clear-cut case of the government trying to control the minds and wills of the people. The populace wants marijuana legalized and the government does not. Why?
Even more concerning about these statistics is the simple fact that the vast majority of those arrested were minor offenders. In fact, 88% of those busted for marijuana had little more than a quarter of an ounce of the plant. These numbers show that over 600,000 people were not drug smugglers or even large scale producers but rather small-scale consumers.
“These numbers refute the myth that nobody actually gets arrested for using marijuana,” Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project said in a statement. “It’s hard to imagine why more people were arrested for marijuana possession when fewer people than ever believe it should be a crime.”
There is no denying that the United States has moved on the issue of the drug war. Years ago there was a hard push for prohibition across the board. Now days the majority of those polled say that marijuana should not only be legal for medical purposes but for recreation al use as well. However it would appear that the local and state and federal police are only ramping up their efforts to punish the marijuana users in an effort to make the issue look serious. Thankfully states like Colorado and Washington are helping to turn the tide in this country.
It would appear that the federal government, in general, makes a lot more money from the illegal status of marijuana than it ever could by legalizing the plant. Further, the illegal status allows for the government to control the narrative and the appearance of those that use the plant. Simply put, the government stands to lose too much with the legalization of marijuana.
Is there a prudent way to read these statistics other than the way they have been presented?