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Over 5% of all arrests in U.S. are for weed
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Nesaie
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September 26, 2017 - 11:38 pm
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http://www.thecannabist.co/201.....utm_source

This quote right here should make us rethink this "war on drugs".

"More people were arrested last year for weed than for murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery combined"

 

Imagine the tax money saved by not locking stoners up.  Imagine the tax revenue for individual states by legally taxing pot.  I live in a state where pot is finally legal again.  Where I live, most people smoke pot.  Its better than tobacco or alcohol.  I've even heard of pot being used to transition people off hard drugs like heroin.  

The only negative side effect I can find is that maybe drug cartels may move into hard drugs.  Canada seems to have a big Fentenal problem coming in from China.  Then again, they haven't legalized pot yet.  It should be soon.

Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen... - Zbigniew Brezhinsky

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Many states have legalized it, but the federal government has not.  I may be wrong but thought even in states its still illegal, have decriminalized it? Thought instead of an arrest you were given a ticket?  

I thought I read in Colorado it has backfired somewhat, with the increase in traffic accidents, and not sure how they test for levels of intoxication like the alcohol testing. .08 is the alcohol level for driving, what system do they have for weed, and know if intoxication is from weed or other drugs in you doing a field sobriety test? 

Of these statistics, I would like to know of this 5%, how many are just simple possession vs in combination with other things, crimes or DUI? More times than not, people in jail have a lot more than a simple 1st time possession for minor personal use. 

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In WA they were working on a test to measure pot in a person when pulled over.  I haven't checked on that lately to see how far they've come with that technology.  Obviously a breathalizer wouldn't work for pot.

I've still read stories about people losing their homes and cars just for suspicion of growing pot in states where it isn't legal.  Often they weren't even growing pot.

This obviously isn't an indepth article with the stats or how they were arrived at.  Generally, you don't hear about stoners breaking into houses to support their habit.  You don't hear about them getting in fights while stoned.  And I've heard that other drug use and crime decreases when states do legalize it, even just medicinally.

Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen... - Zbigniew Brezhinsky

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