Approximately 12% of America’s marijuana arrests were made in Texas in 2016. An incredible 98% of all weed arrests in the Lone Star State were for possession; a crime that could result in 180 days in prison and $2,000 fine if you have less than two ounces. At least the number of arrests in 2016 fell a little from the 2015 figure.How many people are arrested for marijuana possession each year?
In 2016, over 35,000 people were arrested for marijuana possession: More than for any type of theft, rape, murder, or assault combined. African Americans comprise just 13% of the population but make up for 36% of arrests. Across the state, one in every 187 adults was arrested for weed possession.Can you get arrested for smoking marijuana in a legal state?
After all, even in states that legalized marijuana people can still be arrested for various cannabis offenses, such as possessing over a certain quantity, selling without a license, smoking in a prohibited area, or underage possession.Are police arresting more ‘kingpins’ now that weed is legal?
Now that medicinal marijuana is legal in 33 states, you would expect the number of weed-related arrests to fall. This is especially the case in the 11 states plus D.C. where recreational cannabis is now legal. We’ve known for a long time that the police are not arresting ‘kingpins.’