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California Reports a Decline In Marijuana Arrests

Updated on December 5, 2011

The state of California has issued a report citing a slight drop in cannabis related arrests in 2010, according to the most recent numbers from the Criminal Justice Statistics Center.

There were a total of 16,585 felony arrests and 54,849 misdemeanor cannabis arrests, a decrease from 2009 arrest numbers of 17,008 and 61,164 respectively. After a record high in 2008, this marks back to back years that total marijuana arrests have decreased.

Males accounted for 90 percent of the total felonies and 87 percent of the misdemeanors. Hispanics accounted for 35 percent of felonies and 42 percent of the misdemeanors; blacks accounted for 25 percent of felonies and 16 percent of misdemeanors; and whites for 33 percent of felonies and 36 percent of misdemeanors.

Total drug felony arrests in the state grew a little bit to 179,034, due to a rise in the amount of arrests for dangerous drugs to 63,983 from 56,384 in 2009. Total Narcotic arrests in California (which include cocaine and heroin) dropped from 43,956 in 2009 to 39,563 in 2010.

As of December 31, 2010, there were a total of 1401 inmates in California state prisons for cannabis felonies, according to the California Department of Corrections.


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    • Phil The Gain profile image

      Phil The Gain 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      The governments illegal acts shouldn't be overlooked. The marijuana should be the least of their concerns but the damn pharmaceutical companies are playing the politicians like puppets.

    • JherusiaLhean profile image

      JherusiaLhean 6 years ago from Aquilla, TX

      This is a very informative hub. Illegal acts must take immediate response and should not set aside.