It stands to reason that as marijuana legalization builds momentum across the United States—29 nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form so far—arrests for possession and cultivation would be on the decline. Unfortunately, the facts state quite the opposite; in actuality, weed arrests and seizures are on the rise.
The DEA reported that cannabis seizures climbed by more than 20 percent last year, and 5.3 million marijuana plants were seized.
Last week High Times reported that the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report states that drug arrests outnumbered all violent crimes combined. Seizures of marijuana—some in which citizen’s rights were violated for unlawful search—are also on the rise.
Even where recreational use of marijuana is legal, arrests and seizures are up.
Ironically, the longer legalization has been implemented in a particular state, the more frequent, and in higher quantity, the seizures have been. This past week alone, there have been many high profile seizures by law enforcement across the country.
Yesterday in Colorado, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 800 marijuana plants in