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420 with CNW – FBI Data Shows Increased Marijuana Arrests in 2017

New data that has just been released by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) reveals that the marijuana arrests made in 2017 were more than those which were recorded in 2016. These statistics are surprising given the fact that, by the end of 2017, 28 states had legalized medical or recreational consumption of cannabis.

In total, 659,700 people were arrested on marijuana-related charges in 2017, while the figure for 2016 stood at 653,349 arrests.

The wave of cannabis legalization doesn’t seem to have had any impact upon the law enforcement community, especially at the federal level. This is creating a measure of confusion in the public, since daily dilemmas arise regarding the subject of cannabis.

An example of the confusion is the position of Los Angeles International Airport permitting travelers to carry marijuana while the federal transportation authorities at the same airport retain the right to detain anyone found in possession of cannabis.

The FBI data reflects the same mixed signals. For example, about 91 percent of all those arrests were for simple possession of cannabis. That is a high figure given that 20 percent of the American population lives in a state where some form of cannabis legalization exists.

To put this in context, someone was arrested somewhere in the U.S. for marijuana related issues every 48 seconds throughout 2017.

Activists are livid at these statistics, given that about 100 people die each day in the country due to opioid overdoses yet no death has been reported anywhere as a result of a cannabis overdose. Cannabis advocates wondered why the efforts and the meager resources of law enforcement agencies couldn’t be directed where the real danger lies.

To put this misallocation of resources differently, the FBI data shows that for each person who was arrested for murder there were 49 individuals arrested on a marijuana-related charge.

This overzealousness on the part of law enforcement flies counter to the growth in public opinion favoring the use of cannabis either for recreational or medical purposes. If the trend of arrests continues, voters may be compelled to pile pressure on their elected leaders to rein in the law enforcement arm of government, which seems oblivious to what is happening in the states where cannabis is legal. Global Payout, Inc. (OTC: GOHE) and FinCanna Capital Corp. (CSE: CALI) (OTCQB: FNNZF) must be wishing that the unclear regulatory climate around cannabis settles quickly so that the industry can shape up for the good of all concerned.

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