Record High Marijuana Arrests


Marijuana Arrests For Year 2006 š 829,625 Tops Record High…Nearly 15
Percent Increase Over 2005
September 24, 2007 – Washington, DC, USA
Washington, DC: Police arrested a record 829,625 persons for marijuana
violations in 2006, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s
annual Uniform Crime Report, released today. This is the largest total
number of annual arrests for pot ever recorded by the FBI. Marijuana arrests
now comprise nearly 44 percent of all drug arrests in the United States.
“These numbers belie the myth that police do not target and arrest minor
marijuana offenders,” said NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre, who
noted that at current rates, a marijuana smoker is arrested every 38 seconds
in America. “This effort is a tremendous waste of criminal justice resources
that diverts law enforcement personnel away from focusing on serious and
violent crime, including the war on terrorism.”
Of those charged with marijuana violations, approximately 89 percent some
738,915 Americans were charged with possession only. The remaining 90,710
individuals were charged with “sale/manufacture,” a category that includes
all cultivation offenses even those where the marijuana was being grown for
personal or medical use. In past years, roughly 30 percent of those arrested
were age 19 or younger.

2006 829,625
2005 786,545
2004 771,608
2003 755,187
2002 697,082
2001 723,627
2000 734,498
1999 704,812
1998 682,885
1997 695,200
1996 641,642
1995 588,963
1994 499,122
1993 380,689
1992 342,314
1991 287,850
1990 326,850

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