For the fourth year in a row, US marijuana arrests set an all-time record, according to 2006 FBI Uniform Crime Reports. Marijuana arrests in 2006 totaled 829,627, an increase from 786,545 in 2005. At current rates, a marijuana smoker is arrested every thirty-eight seconds, with marijuana arrests comprising nearly 44 percent of all drug arrests in the United States. According to Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), over 8 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges during the past decade, while arrests for cocaine and heroine have declined sharply. Marijuana laws costs between $10 and $12 billion a year.
Nearly a million citizens arrested a year for smoking a dried flower, that doesn't hurt anyone or even the user, that has been proven to slow or cure cancer. The Federal Government will never give up its monopoly of power over the States in keeping marijuana illegal, its up to the States to nullify this Federal over-reach of our rights. I only wish that my State of Iowa had the backbone to nullify unjust Federal laws, such as this one. - kdtroxel