The U.S. Department of Justice reported that federal marijuana arrests continue to decline as more states move to legalize cannabis.
Cannabis busts dropped an average of 11% each year since 2010 when the DEA made 8,215 arrests, reported Marijuana Moment.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, several factors generated a decrease in arrests, including the coronavirus pandemic which drove an “81% decline in arrests and a 77% decline in the cases charged from March to April 2020.”
Furthermore, the federal U.S. Sentencing Commission (USCC), a bipartisan, independent agency located in the judicial branch of government, released a report in March, which found that federal prosecutions over marijuana dropped in 2021, with fewer than 1,000 people charged with cannabis trafficking cases.
Marijuana Reforms Reduce Racial Injustice
A study published by the American Medical Association in November 2021, revealed that states with legalized or decriminalized cannabis have seen large reductions in race-based arrests among adults.
Researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School and Saint Louis University analyzed data from 43 states and recognized a specific pattern indicating that removing or loosening laws around marijuana is connected to notable decreases in arrest rates compared to states that have kept cannabis illegal.