Report: Federal Marijuana Prosecutions Declining

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  • by
    Paul
    Armentano,
    NORML
    Deputy
    Director


    January
    16,
    2020

    Marijuana CultivationFederal
    prosecutions
    for
    marijuana-related
    crimes

    fell

    significantly
    from
    September
    30,
    2018
    to
    September
    30,
    2019,
    according
    to
    a
    recently
    released
    report
    from
    Supreme
    Court
    Justice
    John
    Roberts.

    The
    2019
    end-of-year

    report

    finds
    that
    the
    number
    of
    federal
    defendants
    charged
    with
    cannabis-associated
    crimes
    declined
    by
    28
    percent.
    By
    contrast,
    total
    filings
    for
    drug
    crimes
    increased
    five
    percent
    over
    the
    same
    time
    period,
    totaling
    over
    83,000
    cases
    in
    2019.

    Separate
    data
    reported
    by
    the
    US
    Drug
    Enforcement
    Administration
    in
    July

    reported

    a
    decline
    in
    DEA-led
    marijuana
    seizures,
    but
    showed
    an
    increase
    in
    DEA
    arrests
    for
    marijuana
    violations
    in
    2018.
    State-level
    arrests
    for
    marijuana
    violations
    have
    increased
    year-over-year
    since
    2016,
    according
    to
    annual
    data

    reported

    by
    the
    US
    Federal
    Bureau
    of
    Investigation.


    Full
    text
    of
    the
    2019
    Year-End
    Report
    on
    the
    Federal
    Judiciary
    is
    online

    here
    .

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