2011 FBI Unified Crimes Report
Polls & Research
The annual FBI Unified Crimes Report tells us arrests for drugs make up over 81% of all arrests nationwide. Marijuana possess arrests are over 42% of all drug arrests. Wow, NORML said it well a decade ago, "You wonder why we're paranoid".

In Florida, in 2011 over 38,000 were arrested, taken to jail, fingerprinted and charged with cannabis possession. It isn't one every 42 seconds but it is more than 1 every 15 minutes.
St. Pete Voters Reject Cannabis Prohibition
June 2012 -When a St. Pete polling company asked 2764 voters about decriminalizing cannabis the results confirm what we already knew.
Would you support making the possession of small amounts of marijuana a non-criminal offense if it would free up police resources and raise money for the city?
Yes: 69.6% No: 30.4%
Feb. 2010 - With Florida's prison population now surpassing the 100,000 mark, powerful voices, a growing number from the business community, are speaking out about the alarming rate of prison growth and the unsustainable spending necessary to maintain it.

The Collins Center for Public Policy released a document entitled
“Smart Justice” Findings and Recommendations for Florida Criminal Justice Reform.
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Dec. 2012 - MPP National Survey Results

Q1 Switching now to the topic of marijuana, do you
think the use of marijuana should be made
legal, or not?
Should be legal, feel strongly.......................... 33%
Should be legal, don't feel strongly ................ 25%
Should not be legal, feel strongly.................... 34%
Should not be legal, don't feel strongly ............ 5%
Not sure .............................................................. 3%
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The Budgetary Implications of Marijuana Prohibition
June 2005
Jeffrey A. Miron
Visiting Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Harvard University

•Government prohibition of marijuana is the subject of ongoing debate.

• One issue in this debate is the effect of marijuana prohibition on government budgets. Prohibition entails direct enforcement costs and prevents taxation of marijuana production and sale.

• This report examines the budgetary implications of legalizing marijuana – taxing and regulating it like other goods – in all fifty states and at the federal level.

• The report estimates that legalizing marijuana would save $7.7 billion per year in
government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. $5.3 billion of this savings
would accrue to state and local governments, while $2.4 billion would accrue to the
federal government.

• The report also estimates that marijuana legalization would yield tax revenue of $2.4
billion annually if marijuana were taxed like all other goods and $6.2 billion annually if
marijuana were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco.

• Whether marijuana legalization is a desirable policy depends on many factors other than the budgetary impacts discussed here. But these impacts should be included in a rational debate about marijuana policy
.

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