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Marijuana Arrests In Washington D.C. Are Almost Non-Existent In 2015


asset forfeiture marijuana arrestIt wasn’t that long ago that thousands of people were arrested for marijuana annually in Washington D.C.. 2,346 people were arrested for marijuana in Washington D.C. in 2011. Washington D.C. voters approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. As a result, marijuana arrests in D.C. are down. Way down. As of November 6th (the most current data available), there have only been 7 arrests for marijuana in D.C.. Per the Washington City Paper:

Last week, on Nov. 4, the District marked the first anniversary of the passage of Initiative 71, a ballot measure that effectively legalized weed, at least in the form of possessing, growing, and using (but not selling) tiny amounts of it in one’s home.

In that line, data provided by the Metropolitan Police Department shows that marijuana arrests have dropped to historic lows. MPD has only issued seven arrests for possession of marijuana this year, as of Nov. 6—down 99.2 percent from 2014’s 895 total arrests. Even last year, though, police arrested just seven people from Jul. 7 to Dec. 31, likely an indication of a change in MPD strategy after decriminalization first took effect. Here’s a by-the-numbers breakdown of MPD arrests for pot possession from 2010 through last week:

2010: 2161

2011: 2346

2012: 1553

2013: 1215

2014: 895

2015: 7 (as of Nov. 6)

According to the ACLU, the average arrest for marijuana costs $750, and that doesn’t include any court proceedings or jail, just the arrest. I have seen numbers that are even higher than that, so D.C. could have been higher or lower, but taking the average, that means that D.C. payed roughly $1,759,500 in 2011 to arrest people for marijuana. This year that number would be $5,250. And I would be curious to know why there were even seven arrests in a city that legalized marijuana. There’s potentially even more money to be saved, because no one should be arrested for a plant that is 114 times safer than alcohol.

This is just one city (albeit a large one) in America. Imagine if every city in America was doing this? And that’s just the savings for arrests. Add to that the savings from detainment/incarceration, and court proceedings. Then add to that the tax revenue and other benefits that would be brought to each city from a taxed and regulated industry. All of that would add up to a benefit package that no city in America should deny.


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  1. Common sense? You mean like doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Sounds more like the definition of insanity. In any case, as your comment proves, common sense is not so common.

  2. Michael Miller on

    This is essentially what every state should be striving for. The huge savings to the taxpayer… the jobs NOT lost due to needless arrests… the families that ARE NOT going on welfare because their breadwinner lost his job…

    The overall positive impact can’t even be measured. Just for D.C. alone it could be in the billions. Imagine the numbers for 50 states.

  3. It should read:
    Marijuana Arrests, Common Sense & A Decent Work Ethic In Washington D.C. Are Almost Non-Existent In 2015

  4. It would be nice if, immediately, the headlines could read “Finally Cannabis treated just like alcohol because the public realized it is safer. The war on our citizen’s has ended. Prohibition is over”.

  5. Lawrence Goodwin on

    By late November in 2016, the headline should read: “Marijuana Arrests Nationwide Are Almost Non-Existent.” We must demand and accept nothing less.

  6. Conservative Christian on

    Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. None of us would want our kids put in jail over a little marijuana. None of us would want the police to confiscate and sell our parents’ home because they grew a couple of plants to help with the aches and pains of growing older. Let’s start treating other people the way we would want to be treated.

    We are American citizens! We can reach our representatives at:

    Congresswomen and Congressmen: http://www.house.gov/representatives/

    Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

    Polite + Friendly + Responsible = Success!


    Unbelievable States are waisting millions of dollars to lock people up for weed and this country is in debt…. this ludicrous way of thinking needs to hit a brick wall.The remaining pending states need to catch up and get with the program…definitely something ill address on my news show on youtube.

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