November 27, 2015

Pot arrests down 99% in DC

SF Gate - After one full year of legalizing cannabis in the nation’s capital, arrests for marijuana possession have dropped to single digits.

Data provided by the Metropolitan Police Department shows that they have conducted only seven arrests for marijuana possession this year, dropping a staggering 99.2 percent from 895 in 2014, the Washington City Paper reports.

“I’m not policing the city as a mom, I’m policing it as the police chief—and 70 percent of the public supported [Initiative 71],” Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in February, according to the Daily Beast. “All those arrests do is make people hate us.”

Despite the uncommonly small number of pot arrests in D.C., public consumption of marijuana is still considered illegal.

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