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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Arrests soaring amid concerted police effort

By Joe Cantlupe
San Diego Union Tribune
November 15, 2005

WASHINGTON – More people were arrested for marijuana offenses last year than at any time in U.S. history.

More than 770,000 people were cited for marijuana-related violations in 2004, according to the FBI's latest annual uniform crime report. Almost 90 percent of them were charged only with possession.

Federal officials said the local police actions reflect the importance of waging a fight against marijuana as part of the overall war on drugs. The FBI report showed that marijuana arrests have more than doubled over the past 12 years.


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