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Arrest and Cost Analysis of Marijuana Possession Enforcement Report 8-23-2012

Arrest and Cost Analysis of Marijuana Possession Enforcement Report 8-23-2012

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Published by Rose Jane Eilts
Examines the cost of marijuana possession enforcement to Thurston County WA. Also determines the top 10 arresting municipalities for marijuana possession and the cost of those arrests.
Examines the cost of marijuana possession enforcement to Thurston County WA. Also determines the top 10 arresting municipalities for marijuana possession and the cost of those arrests.

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Arrest and Cost Analysis of Adult Marijuana Possession EnforcementIn Thurston County, WAAnalyzing the Years 2002 - 2011
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Arrest and Cost Analysis of Marijuana Possession EnforcementIn Other Washington Cities/CountiesAnalyzing the Year 2010
August, 2012
Rose EiltsCertified Public AccountantDirector, NORML Thurston CountyNational Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsNormlThurston@gmail.comhttp://www.normlthurston.org
This report is divided into five different parts:Part I Executive SummaryPart II IntroductionPart III Thurston County Expenditures for Adult Marijuana Possession EnforcementPart IV Other Washington Cities/Counties for Adult Marijuana Possession EnforcementPart V Uniform Crime Reporting in Washington StatePart VI Sample Document and References
 
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Executive Summary
This report examines the cost of marijuana possession enforcement to Thurston County and thecities of Olympia, Lacey, Rainier, Tumwater, Tenino, and Yelm.Rose Eilts, NORML Thurston County Director, who is a CPA with over 20 years experience,analyzed arrest data for the years 2002 - 2011 from FBI Uniform Crime Reports and WashingtonAssociation of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Arrest Statistic Reports for the cities Olympia,Tumwater, Lacey Rainier, Tenino, Yelm, Evergreen State College and Nisqually Tribal. For thisstudy, Thurston County Sheriff’s Department was unable to provide adult arrest data for theyears 2002 – 2006. County Sheriff’s Department has indicated those statistics are not available.Information was gathered from city and county budgets or published financial statements tocalculate the overall cost of enforcement. The overall cost of enforcement was divided by thetotal arrests for that jurisdiction to arrive at an average cost per arrest.
 
The average cost perarrest was multiplied by the total marijuana possession arrests for the years 2002 – 2011 todetermine the cost of marijuana possession enforcement.Analysis indicates law enforcement in all jurisdictions but City of Lacey arrest far more citizensfor marijuana possession and not marijuana sales.Analysis indicates cost of marijuana possession enforcement for the years 2002 – 2011amounted to
$18.5 million
for all Thurston County municipalities combined. Cost of marijuanapossession enforcement by each jurisdiction is as follows:
 
JurisdictionAdultMarijuanaSales ArrestsAdultMarijuanaPossessionArrestsCost of AdultMarijuanaPossessionEnforcementThurston County 24 80 $ 11,318,480City of Olympia 39 537 $ 3,204,279City of Lacey 496 88 $ 543,576City of Tumwater 14 294 $ 2,810,052City of Yelm 2 108 $ 339,710City of Rainier 10 90 $ 112,320City of Tenino 30 62 $ 204,600Evergreen State College* 12 127 $ -Nisqually Tribe* 3 18 $ -
Total 630 1,404 18,533,017
* cost analysis not provided for Evergreen State College or Nisqually Tribe
For the Years 2002 - 2011
 
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Breakdowns by each jurisdiction provide an estimate of the impact of marijuana possessionenforcement and the amount of dollars that would be saved if each jurisdiction adopted lowestenforcement policies towards adult personal use of marijuana. Lowest enforcement policiesdirect the police, city attorney, and prosecutor to make activities related to investigation,citation and/or arrest of adult cannabis users their lowest law enforcement priority.Cost analysis was also performed on municipalities within the State of Washington for the year2010. A summary of costs for the ten municipalities with the highest adult possession arrests isas follows:The above list represents only the top ten arresting municipalities. Breakdowns by each jurisdiction provide an estimate of the impact of marijuana possession enforcement and theamount of dollars that would be saved if each jurisdiction adopted lowest enforcement policiestowards adult personal use of marijuana. Lowest enforcement policies direct the police, cityattorney, and prosecutor to make activities related to investigation, citation and/or arrest of adult cannabis users their lowest law enforcement priority.
JurisdictionAdultMarijuanaSalesArrestsAdultMarijuanaPossessionArrestsCost of AdultMarijuanaPossessionEnforcement1Tacoma 564014,167,192$ 2Lynnwood 42179949,595$ 3Pierce County251776,643,695$ 4Kennewick 26169384,306$ 5Richland 16166535,682$ 6Yakima 56138907,212$ 7Bellevue 331383,065,532$ 8Lakewood 221371,321,365$ 9Bellingham 381251,134,625$ 10Kitsap County411051,818,600$ For the Year 2010

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