Marijuana Law Enforcement Cost States An Estimated $3.6 Billion In 2010: ACLU

States together spent somewhere around $3.6 billion enforcing marijuana possession laws in 2010, according to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union, entitled “The War On Marijuana In Black and White.”

That’s the authors’ “best estimate,” though approximations using different methodologies put the cost as high as $6 billion and as low as $1.2 billion.

The paper grabbed headlines Tuesday with its finding that blacks are nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested for possessing marijuana, despite both races using the drug at about the same rate.

Here are some most startling numbers from the ACLU’s report with regards to the cost of enforcing marijuana laws:

$20 billion: The amount states will spend enforcing marijuana laws over the next six years.

$900: The minimum per-capita cost spent by California, Nevada and Washington on criminal justice for marijuana offenders.

$750: The low-level estimate that states pay for each marijuana arrest.

$95: The national average per-diem cost of housing an inmate arrested due to a marijuana-related offense.

$2: The average amount communities spend each day on marijuana supervision.

– Read the entire article at CNBC.


1 Comment

  1. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    Now, see, this is exactly what I’m talking about when I say that since you know marijuana will be legal in the next 10 years, if not sooner, and you prohibitionists are still hellbent on wasting this much money every fuckin’ year. You know, just because you’re sad sorry ass has a job doesn’t mean this money is well-spent. This is money that, in addition to cash flow generated from legalizing the sacred herb, you know the savings that could be pumped into the economy to create jobs.

    Then, there’s all the lives between legalizing now and drawing your war on cannabis out as long as possible that will be saved. Lives spared, people spared suffering, here and especially in Mexico.

    Prohibitionists make me sick. Maintaining your budget, your salary is worth more than a human life. That’s your subtext. That’s all you got now that everyone knows you’re full of shit every time you spout your lies. Hell, Leonhart wouldn’t even say that heroin and cocaine were more dangerous than cannabis. By avoiding answering, she dodged the issue that cannabis in Schedule I (THC) is a drug that makes you go on to less dangerous drugs like coke.