The Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports that 10,259 people were arrested in the state for possession of marijuana last year, despite the fact that 100,000 people now have the legal right to use medical marijuana.
The number of people arrested for possession had been dropping since 2007, but rose 7 percent last year, CBI figures show.
The increase comes despite more lenient laws and enforcement in Colorado. Medical marijuana dispensaries have been licensed, and 2 percent of Coloradans have obtained a card granting them the right to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. Voters have told a number of cities to cut back on enforcement. And Coloradans are about to decide on outright legalization in the vote on Amendment 64.
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