Cost to Enforce Marijuana Laws

In 2010, states across America spent an estimated $3.6 Billion during the year in enforcing marijuana laws and arresting users. The amount of money spent by criminal justice programs in the states was 30 percent higher than the amount spend in 2000.

About half of all drug arrests in 2010 and 2011 were on marijuana-related offenses.

Source: ┬áIan Urbina, “Blacks Are Singled Out for Marijuana Arrests, Federal Data Suggests,” New York Times, June 3, 2013.

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