FBI Reports Approximately 693,000 Arrests for Marijuana Offenses in 2013

Nov 12, 2014 , , ,

An estimated 693,481 arrests were made nationwide for marijuana-related offenses in 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual Uniform Crime Report. More than 87% of those arrests were for simple possession, meaning, on average, one person was arrested for marijuana possession approximately every 51 seconds across the U.S.

However, the 2013 marijuana-related arrest numbers are down from 2012. The Uniform Crime Report from last year showed that 749,842 marijuana arrests were made in 2012.

Marijuana policy reform groups are glad to see that the arrest rates associated with marijuana offenses have fallen since 2012, but continuing to arrest people for the simple possession of marijuana should be seen as unacceptable and a call for further reforms.

According to Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“We’re pleased to see the drop, but arresting even one adult for using a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol is inexcusable.”

“Law enforcement officials should be spending their time and resources addressing serious crimes, not arresting and prosecuting adults for using marijuana. Every year, these statistics show hundreds of thousands of marijuana-related arrests are taking place and countless violent crimes are going unsolved. We have to wonder how many of those crimes could be solved – or prevented – if police weren’t wasting their time enforcing failed marijuana prohibition laws.”

16 responses to “FBI Reports Approximately 693,000 Arrests for Marijuana Offenses in 2013”

  1. PROVEN less harmful than ANY drug found in any of the 5 drug schedules and certainly less harmful than tobacco, alcohol and law enforcement, world wide!

  2. Marijuana is legal in Uruguay

    In an interview with CNN en Español in 2012, Mujica explained his reasons for promoting the legislation.

    “If we legalize it, we think that we will spoil the market (for drug traffickers) because we are going to sell it cheaper than it is sold on the black market. And we are going to have people identified,” he said.

    With the help of state-of-the-art technology, authorities will track every gram or marijuana sold, according to Canepa. Bags will be bar-coded. The GENETIC INFORMATION of plants that are legally produced will be kept on file. This will allow police to determine whether illegal marijuana is being commercialized.

    The State of Illinois intends to use the same “genetic tracking” method to ensure compliance with a crafty law that denies the citizens of Illinois their right to grow their own cannabis.

    Why don’t they use this same method to “marker tag” narcotics like Oxycontin in order to discourage diversion ?

    Could it be that doing so would interfere with the transitioning of legal “medical consumers” of opioids to becoming illegal consumers of cheap Afghani Heroin?

    Sounds like a plan designed by The Dope Man?…which begs the question…Who is the dope Man?

    Will the real dope man please standup…please stand up?

  3. The herb commonly referred to as “marijuana” need be scheduled as much as rosemary or thyme…which would indicate ,of course, not at all.

    Cannabis is a beneficial herb…period!

    End of story…Legalize now…OR… keep doing what Albert Einstein described as insanity…doing the same thing repeatedly ( Prohibition ) and expecting different results?

  4. Question of the day…
    What percentage of all these people arrested for simple possession are from states in the union that are controlled by Democrats ?
    Yes, that’s right DemocRats are arresting their own people !

  5. I am one of those identified in the stats. Funny it occurred in NH, less than 1 mile from the border of ME & 9 miles north of MA, both states have decriminalized. NH has the highest penalty including jail time. Thank god my charge was a misdemeanor. Not only was I arrested, but I was fired from my $80,000 /year job. I have a masters degree, 20 years experience in healthcare and a former college professor. I was facing eviction, living on food stamps & un-hireable. So I went from a fully functional, professional and tax contributing individual to a welfare recipient. Things need to change. Oh yeah, I went through 6 months of chemotherapy for lymphoma & was at risk for losing my job (same job but 3 years earlier) if I used MJ.

  6. Jane, that is a Brutal outcome for you for sure. However you know it may have been even WORSE if you were Black, Latino or Poor…

    Such a crazy system, this Prohibition!…

  7. just legalize today to help plenty of ailments and illnesses, diseases, Sever cancers, My god look at the other 5states that legalized, Obviously something is working for these individuals, to help them overcome daily pain and suffering.

  8. I too was on the wrong side of the law, involving personal use. I grew a few plants for my own use. I ended up with 8 lbs. I have a green thumb when it comes to growing weeds. That’s a felony in Missouri. The cops broke more laws than I did, to bust me, including illegal search and seizure. So I was lucky. My lawyer got the charges dropped and I walked. I decided to make a difference. I now make a $20 a month donation to “Show Me Cannabis”. The only way Missouri will become a legal state is to out money, the powers that prosper off of prohibition. Money wins at the polls. I’m giving all I can to help our cause. Please help Missouri by donating at, Showmecannabis.com

  9. I forgot to mention. The only reason marijuana arrests are down is due to all the states that have legalized medical and recreational use. The officials are working harder than ever to keep the numbers as high as possible. The government subsidy, and asset forfeiture income depends on it. It’s prosecution for profit.

  10. Portugal decriminalized Marijuana in 2001, stating that they would have made it legal but it would have violated the treaty with the UN. This needs to be re-run through the UN and corrected so other countries can’t say they would be in violation. It was nice to hear that Uruguay has done so. Wonder if they were in the treaty?


  11. We know the legal cycle has demoted to fear and corruption just as in the days of Al Capone and bathtub gin. We keep electing folks to change this it will change. As for NH I live there, we were the last state to accept and change ‘Civil Rights Day’ to the Martin Luther King Jr day we all now know. All i mean to say is we are stubborn here but l have seen change and acceptance with the people here but changing laws is litterally an act of congress that starts in your statehouse. Vote and know who they are. Then change will come!

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