NORML Ranks California First in Marijuana Arrests

  NORML Ranks California First in Marijuana Arrests

Posted by CN Staff on March 21, 2005 at 07:36:12 PT
By Chris Durant, The Times-Standard 
Source: Times-Standard 

Eureka, Calif. -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws released a report this week that named California as the state with the most marijuana arrests, Humboldt as the county with the third-highest rate of arrests per capita statewide and teenagers as the age group arrested on marijuana charges the most.Quoting statistics from 1995 to 2002, the NORML report states there were 60,111 marijuana arrests in California. But marijuana arrests per 100,000 people have the state ranked at 41, with a rate of 171.18.
There were 12,123 marijuana sales arrests.The counties with the highest number of marijuana arrests per 100,000 people were Alpine, with a rate of 2,955.27; Sierra, with a rate of 759.84; Humboldt, with a rate of 442.19; Plumas, with a rate of 440.04; and Trinity, with a rate of 437.04.The NORML statistics also show that California is ranked first among states in the amount of marijuana plants eradicated during this time, with 1,181,957. About 34 percent of all arrests of California boys and men between 15 and 19 in 2002 were for marijuana possession. Girls and women ranging in age from 15 to 19 were the most arrested for marijuana possession among females. Eighteen-year-olds were arrested more than any other age for marijuana possession on 2002.Teens between 15 and 19 were also the most arrested in 2002 for marijuana sales violations."Over 1 million U.S. teenagers sell marijuana," stated a NORML press release. "The enforcement of state and local marijuana laws has neither reduced adolescent demand for marijuana, nor has it reduced the number of teens supplying marijuana to other adolescents on the black market."The number of marijuana arrests for local counties between 1998 and 2002 are:Humboldt County: 1998, 379; 1999, 337; 2000, 448; 2001, 457; 2002, 580.Del Norte: 1998, 57; 1999, 44; 2000, 62; 2001, 44; 2002, 54.Mendocino: 1998, 322; 1999, 296; 2000, 358; 2001, 359; 2002, 263.Trinity: 1998, 55; 1999, 67; 2000, 72; 2001, 50; 2002, 59.NORML's Comprehensive Analysis Of US Marijuana Arrest: Times-Standard (CA)Author: Chris Durant, The Times-StandardPublished: Monday, March 21, 2005 Copyright: 2005 MediaNews Group, Inc.Contact: editor times-standard.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 

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Comment #13 posted by FoM on March 21, 2005 at 15:07:09 PT
Tell Mrs. Green that's a good one! The cost of diesel fuel is thru the roof. Soon truck drivers will have to park their rigs because the price keeps going up and drivers won't be able to run. I'm glad that our truck and steel trailer are paid for so we will be able to keep going a little longer. Drivers that have payments aren't going to be able to make it soon. All things delivered by a truck will rise in price and they haul everything we use. I feel inflation building real fast these days. Oil people are making lots of money. Imagine that!
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Comment #12 posted by BGreen on March 21, 2005 at 14:53:56 PT
We're Not Alone In The Way We Feel
An ABC News poll on Monday showed Americans strongly disapproved of the intervention by Congress and two thirds believed lawmakers were using her case for political gain. Seventy percent called it inappropriate.Another tipping point for the amerikan people.Mrs. Green joked earlier that the "W" bumperstickers on so many SUV's and cars means "What did we get ourselves into?"The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #11 posted by siege on March 21, 2005 at 14:52:15 PT
UK Cannabis Review Will Lead to Harm Reduction
 Cannabis use by young people in the UK has remained stable following reclassification, and is down since April 1998. 28.2 per cent of UK 16-24 year olds used cannabis then compared to 24.8 per cent now. This reflects the Dutch experience, where moving from criminal sanctions to drug education has reduced cannabis consumption.
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on March 21, 2005 at 14:41:07 PT
Thank you. I get very upset with some issues sometimes and this is one of them.
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Comment #9 posted by BGreen on March 21, 2005 at 14:37:23 PT

Amen, FoM
Amen.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on March 21, 2005 at 13:32:15 PT

Just a Comment
I am more then upset what they are doing in Mrs. Schiavo's case. I do have an opinion about this case now because I haven't been able to turn the news off because it takes in so many things about justice and law and the government. I believe when a woman and man marry they do so because they want to commit their lives to one another. Parents rights fall by the wayside then. I didn't want the hospital to put a feeding tube in my mother at the end of her life. She had advanced Alzheimer's Disease. My mother was a vibrant person but years had taken what she was away from all of us. I got raked over the coals by the hospital and it tore me up. We shouldn't do these things to people because no one wins in some cases and the government is not my moral leader or God.Thanks for reading my rant.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 21, 2005 at 13:00:44 PT

Thank you and you are as sweet as ever!
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Comment #6 posted by ekim on March 21, 2005 at 12:53:41 PT

FoM it is said that it is lonely at the top 
thank you for all you are doing for the people.
It has been a long winter. 
you are the greatest.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on March 21, 2005 at 12:43:45 PT

This is why it is hard for me. I believe good people should win. I don't believe bad people should win. I saw such viciousness against Kerry and lies that how can a Democrat ever win with people behind the Republicans doing it the way they do? I'm not being mean by saying what I did but realistic. 
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Comment #4 posted by dongenero on March 21, 2005 at 12:31:03 PT

Don't say that FoM
That is exactly what the people whom you oppose want to hear you say. They count on apathy to consolidate their power.We can never give up fighting them. You can't always win but, you can fight them with everything you've got and it can make a difference.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on March 21, 2005 at 09:53:49 PT

I gave it my best shot and voted this year. I only voted once or maybe twice before. Politicians are politicians no matter what party and I won't be wasting my energy on something that doesn't matter anyway. I should have never cared and I learned this past election that I was right. It's just not worth it to me. 
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on March 21, 2005 at 09:48:10 PT

the study
Yep, this confirms it: we're paying a huge, militaristic government to use armed thugs to raise our children.Is it working? Is it worth it?Imagine if polls on legalization asked, "should marijuana be legalized" but then had a 2nd question saying, "if your son or daughter were caught with a small amount of marijuana, do want the police to handcuff them, do a body search and car search, throw them in jail, leave a permanent arrest and criminal conviction on their record, and/or require you to pay $2000 in legal fees to avoid the permanent record?"How many parents would answer "yes" to the second half? 10 percent maybe? But that's exactly what every parent in the US does when they go to the polls and vote Republican or Democrat. Or when they don't vote at all.
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Comment #1 posted by potpal on March 21, 2005 at 08:06:59 PT

OT - Abnormal...
A quote from John Clese re: Spamalot.John Cleese sees Spamalot as an unexpected project to have emerged in America in 2005: "I'm a bit surprised this kind of thing can happen in George Bush's America - you know, people being very naughty, very funny and with a kind of gentle joy." 
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