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Study: More Than 10,000 Arrested Annually For Possessing Marijuana in Colorado


A new report concludes more than 10,000 people are arrested each year in Colorado for possession of marijuana.

The study is based on data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to The Denver Post. The researchers from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project found there have been more than 210,000 arrests for marijuana possession in Colorado in the past 25 years. More than one-fourth of the arrests took place between 2006 and 2010.

The newspaper notes the research group creates reports for several groups, including the Drug Policy Alliance, which backs Amendment 64. The measure, to be voted on next Tuesday, would make it legal for people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana in Colorado.

The study found young Latinos and African Americans are arrested at higher rates than whites, the article notes.

8 Responses to this article

  1. anono1955 / November 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Sorry to disagree with you, Doc, but the money is being made by the incarceration industry, lawyers, and the government.
    Tobacco, alcohol, OR pot, in moderation, do not harm people. Stress, from being beaten about your head for smoking or drinking, kills. Americans used to be free, and they used to go ASK for help with addictions. Now they are rounded up like the Jews in Germany and forced into Clockwork Orange treatment programs.

  2. Dave Finch / November 9, 2012 at 11:47 am

    What if we employed a system of regulated sale of marijuana having a THC content of say 12% or less and a tightly controlled distribution channel for higher potency adult users? For potencies higher than 12% the user could only purchase through a narrow channel of dispensation by chartered companies who also provide and require that the purchaser agree to regular contact with a counselor: a professional who, in addition to counseling of moderation, a goal of eventual potency reduction or even abstention and of treatment access opportunities, would monitor the user’s use pattern and be in a position to take appropriate action if and when danger signals begin to flash. Such a system might retain the rule that says: if you buy from unregulated dealers you are aiding and abetting the commission of a crime and subject to punishment on that ground. There would still be the problem of teenagers getting the drug, but by destroying the market for the small time dealers there would be far less access to illicit product. Such a system could be economically feasible and in fact result in massive savings if it were applied to all scheduled drugs.

  3. Dave Finch / November 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    This is an informative comment and I would like to hear more. In the writing and blogging that I am doing my foremost concern is keeping all drugs including cannabis out of the hands of the young. I fear the risk of harm to life and/or career potential is too great. I see many advocating legalizing and regulating the drug, but little in the way of what I would consider effective control such as the system I am writing about. See My Book at Thanks.

  4. Herschel Baker / November 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The Toxic properties of chemical molecules and their cellular damage are not matters of opinion or debate. They are not determined by judges, politicians, scientifically uneducated lawyers, or “doctors”. Everyone is entitled to his own “opinion”. He/She is not entitled to his/her own “facts”. Chemically, marijuana is a dangerous drug. It very sad to see that some people who are now or have been in positions of authority here in Australia being so naive in regards to illegal drugs, if we look at marijuana what level of THC will the Government use to sell to the public?

    In view of the Netherlands which may be famous for its liberal drugs policies, now the Dutch government is about to declare some forms of cannabis are as dangerous as cocaine and heroin. A commission has found marijuana on sale in coffee shops in the Netherlands contain around 18 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the main psychoactive substance. Dutch experts said a THC concentration above 15 per cent constitutes a hard drug on par with cocaine and heroin.

    Will the growers or pushers really pack up and disappear or will they still have the really good stuff to sell to the public?

    What the signatures of the The Australia 21 paper have failed to address is that

    Drug Policy needs to focus on children’s rights-to live a safe, healthy life, free of illicit drugs and Research studies have recently confirmed what many parents already know—children learn parenting practices from their parents and use those methods to raise their own children.

  5. Herschel Baker / November 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Globally, suicide has emerged as the second leading cause of death among

    youth aged 10-24 years old. In order to better understand the causes of this

    phenomenon, we investigate the relationship between suicidal ideation and

    cannabis use. Our empirical analysis is based on a 30 year longitudinal study

    of a birth cohort. We find that intensive cannabis use { at least several times

    per week { leads to a higher transition rate into suicidal ideation for males.

    We nd no evidence that suicidal ideation leads to cannabis use for either

    males or females.

    Cannabis use and suicidal ideation: Jan C.van Ours, Jenny Williams, David Fergusson, L. John Horwood Aug 2012

    Herschel Baker
    Drug Free Australia

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    Herschel Baker / November 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    A must read article.

    Calvina Fay has wisely called strongly our attention to the main points about the dangers of marijuana use to our youngsters

    The word on the street is that marijuana is not addictive and not harmful. Frequently, you will hear people justify its use by claiming that it is safer than alcohol. That’s like saying it is safer to slug someone in the face with a boxing glove, instead of with a bare fist. Both techniques of hitting hurt and they are both wrong!

    Herschel Baker
    Drug free Australia

  7. Dan R. Gray, ICRAADC, MARS / November 3, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Having been involved in the alcohol and drug addictions field for half a century, I am well aware of the true reason that smoked marijuana was mandated, by then President Richard M. Nixon, to remain on the list of mood altering drugs that his hand picked professionals had dropped off of the list of Schedule 1 illicit drugs. I prefer not to go into that.
    Of the 400+ chemical compounds in the cannabis sativa plant, Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the more popular mood altering compound. For the past 40 years, there exists such scant, honest and complete research available that proves beyond any reasonable doubt that smoked THC is factually addictive, I would have to do as the “hand-picked” drug professionals in 1971 did and drop it completely off my list. Tops on my list of human and societal harmful mood altering chemicals are smoked nicotine from tobacco and all forms of ethyl alcohol. The only reason that I can see for keeping marijuana as a schedule 1 addictive drug is the money that it makes for the drug cartels, organized crime, and the street dealers. This appears to be a “hand-in-glove” “Money-go-Round” with the criminal justice system in total. As such, it has destroyed lives, families, and jobs on a regular basis. By my rough estimation, legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana at both the state and federal level would save and create about a trillion dollars per year. That is just “a made in America product” having export value. Both the Federal Government and the State Governments would have taxation rights. This could not happen overnight. I must be a transitional thing that is well thought out at both the State and Federal levels. This would remove marijuana from the schoolyard as the huge profits would no longer be there for the street dealer. Some of the research of the various compounds appear to show a natural cure for cancer and appropriate treatment for some forms of chemical dependency and genetic based addictions. It also appears to have some beneficial effects on some of the mental diseases such as schizophrenia and PTSD along with a few others not well researched at this time.
    My own observations, of course, but well worth taking into consideration as having positive potential for the majority of society.

  8. Margaret / November 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    What an incredible waste of money and human resources to arrest 10,000 a year for marijuana possession! It’s time that we place our efforts on societal issues that have more importance and greater social costs.

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