DRUG WAR

In 2013, there was a total 11,302,102 arrests nationwide for all offenses.

There were 1,501,043 arrests for drug law violations in 2013, 82.3% (1,235,358) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 17.7% (265,685) were for the sale or manufacturing of a drug.

Of the 1,235,358 arrests for possession of a controlled substance, 40.6%, or 501,555 were for marijuana. 33% of all arrests for drug law violations in 2013 were for marijuana.

There were 80% more arrests for drug possession or use in 2010 (1,336,530) than in 1990 (741,600).

Also in 2013, authorities reported 480,360 arrests for all violent crimes and 1,559,284 arrests for all property offenses.

In 2012, of the 1,060,028 offenses known to the police for violent crimes, only 46.8% were cleared by arrest or exceptional means; of the 8,015,405 offenses known to police for property crimes, only 19% were cleared by arrest or exceptional means.

Contrary to conventional wisdom and popular myth, alcohol is more tightly linked with more violent crimes than crack, cocaine, heroin or any other illegal drug. In state prisons, 21 percent of inmates in prison for violent crimes were under the influence of alcohol–and no other substance–when they committed their crime; in contrast, at the time of their crimes, only three percent of violent offenders were under the influence of cocaine or crack alone, only one percent under the influence of heroin alone.

On August 3, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. Per the Sentencing Project, “the minimum quantity of crack cocaine that triggers a 5-year mandatory minimum from 5 grams to 28 grams, and from 50 grams to 280 grams to trigger a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence. The amount of powder cocaine required to trigger the 5 and 10-year mandatory minimums remains the same, at 500 grams and 5 kilograms, respectively. The legislation also eliminates the mandatory minimum for simple possession of crack cocaine. The quantity disparity between crack and powder cocaine has moved from 100 to 1 to 18 to 1.

SCHEDULE I (b): (10) Heroin (c): (2) 5-methoxy-3,4-methylenedioxy amphetamine [MDMA]. (8) Ibogaine. (9) Lysergic acid diethylamide [LSD] . (10) Marihuana [marijuana, cannabis]. (11) Mescaline. (12) Peyote. (15) Psilocybin. (16) Psilocyn. (17) Tetrahydrocannabinols. Sec. 3: Gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)

http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/crime

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