While The Number Of Federal Sentences For Marijuana Has Declined From 2012’s 10-year Peak Of 6,992, In 2015 The Most Recent Year For Which The U.s.

“And there’s no evidence of Green Rush buyer’s remorse on the part of voters.” ( Polling in Colorado confirms .) Washington state has also made bank . California, which passed a legalization measure in 2016, is going to sell an ungodly amount of retail pot once it starts issuing licenses (the deadline for that is January 1, 2018). Then there’s Oregon, Alaska, Nevada and Massachusetts. That’s a lot of people to put out of business and a lot of state coffers to deplete. Assuming we don’t see the Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors go it aloneand they’d likely have to in most of those stateswhat opportunities are left for “greater enforcement”? While the number of federal sentences for marijuana has declined from 2012’s 10-year peak of 6,992, in 2015 the most recent year for which the U.S. Sentencing Commission has data 3,543 people were still sentenced in federal court for marijuana offenses. Hell, the number of federal simple possession casesonce pretty rare increased 400 percent between 2008 and 2013 . Of the 447 federal simple possession sentences handed out in 2008, 240 were for marijuana. In 2013, 2,169 cases (of 2,313 total) were marijuana-related. Obviously, Congress should amend the Controlled Substances Act to recognize state marijuana laws.

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