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Marijuana Possession Arrests in Colorado Study

Marijuana Possession Arrests in Colorado Study

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Marijuana PossessionArrests in
Colorado
1986-2010
PreparedbytheMarijuanaArrestResearchProject,
http://marijuana-arrests.com
HarryG.Levine,PhD,JonB.Gettman,PhD,LorenSiegel,JDOctober2012
Source:FBIUniformCrimeReports
 
KeyFindings
MarijuanaPossessionArrestsinColorado
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MarijuanapossessionarrestsinColoradoincreasedfrom4,000in1986toover10,000in2010,totaling210,000arrestsoverthepast25years.
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Inthefiveyearsfrom1986to1990,policeinColoradomade19,400possessionarrests.Twentyyearslater,from2006to2010,policemade55,900marijuanapossessionarrests,almostthreetimesasmany.
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From2001through2010,Coloradopolicemade108,000arrestsforpossessingmarijuana,overwhelminglyofyoungpeople.MorethantwoͲthirds(69%)ofthosearrestedwere25oryounger,79%were29oryounger,and86%ofthosearrestedwereage34oryounger.
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Whites,mainlyyoungwhites,madeup63%ofthosearrestedinthelasttenyears.BlacksandLatinos,alsomostlyyoung,were36%ofthearrestees.
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AlthoughyoungAfricanAmericansandLatinosusemarijuanaatlowerratesthanyoungwhites,inthelasttenyearspoliceinColoradoarrestedLatinosat1.5timestherateofwhitesandarrestedblacksat3.1timestherateofwhites.
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Inthelastdecade,blackswere3.8%ofColorado'sresidents,but10.5%ofthemarijuanaarrests.Latinoswere19%ofthestate'sresidents,butaquarter(25%)ofColorado'smarijuanapossessionarrests.
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Marijuanapossessionarrestscreatecriminalrecordseasilyfoundontheinternetbyemployers,landlords,schools,creditagencies,licensingboards,andbanks,erectingbarrierstoeducation,employment,andhousing.Marijuanapossessionarrestsdonotreduceseriouscrimes,andtheytakepolicefromothercrimeͲfightingwork.
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Coloradoisoftensaidtobeamarijuanadecriminalizationstate,butsincethe1970s,Coloradolawhasmadepossessionofsmallamountsofmarijuanaacrime,aClass2PettyOffense.Failuretoappearincourtasorderedbyasummonsisanothercrime,punishablebysixmonthsinjailanda$500fine.
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Incountycourts,marijuanapossessioncarriesa$100fine.Inmunicipalcourts,however,judgescanimposefinesof$300ormore,charge$50permonthinprobationfees,requireregulardrugtesting,andsendpeopleto jailforseveraldaysiftheyhaveusedmarijuana.
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25 YEARSTotal # of MarijuanaPossessionArrests1986-201010 YEARSTotal # of MarijuanaPossessionArrests2001-2010Average YearlyArrest Ratefor MarijuanaPossessionper 100,000 of Population2001-2010Ten-Year Average of Population2001-2010
Colorado 210,328 108,196 229 4,734,982
Denver 47,74213,140
230 600,158
Arapahoe23,47011,989
205 614,677
El Paso22,52112,277
215 622,291
Adams21,63513,453
329 441,656
Jefferson20,94014,280
290 492,316
Boulder 11,2086,460
221 304,384
Larimer 10,5976,304
228 294,582
Mesa7,5804,583
343 146,723
Pueblo7,5112,769
181 159,063
Weld5,7043,666
162 247,701
Douglas4,2252,836
115 285,320
Eagle2,6451,336
272 53,128
Garfield2,5531,753
342 56,389
Broomfield2,049
*
2,049
435 55,889
La Plata1,566654
132 51,334
Montrose1,432734
193 41,276
Summit1,429574
224 27,994
Fremont1,091658
321 23,322
Morgan831525
410 15,324
20 LargestCounties
197,324100,447 229 4,600,816
Marijuana Possession Arrests inColorado's20 Largest Counties
, 1986-2010
PreparedbytheMarijuanaArrestResearchProject,http://marijuanaͲarrests.comSource:FBIͲUCRUniformCrimeReportsandUSCensus*Note:Only2001Ͳ2010dataavailableforBroomfield
October2012
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