Implementing marijuana legal guidelines within the U.S. prices regulation enforcement about $3.6 billion yearly. There are about 820,000 marijuana-related arrests yearly.
The ACLU says that there have been 8.2 million marijuana arrests within the nation between 2001 and 2010, Enterprise Insider reported. Breaking down the $3.6 billion spent yearly on imposing marijuana legal guidelines, it comes down to every arrest in that point interval costing $4,390, or $73,170 per felony conviction.
Roughly 6% of the 8.2 million marijuana-related arrests over that 10-year interval resulted in a felony conviction.
Most individuals are arrested for marijuana possession (90%) and don’t have any earlier prison historical past.
Amol Sinha of ACLU was quoted as saying, “Automated expungement must be an inextricable, central a part of any legalization proposal the Legislature considers. Forcing individuals to bear the implications of a prison conviction for an offense that’s now not thought of a criminal offense merely prolongs the injustices of the failed, discriminatory drug struggle.”