Federal Marijuana Cases Drop Again In 2021 As More States Legalize

By Jelena Martinovic

Federal situations involving cannabis dropped to less than 1,000 in 2021, with 996 individuals charged for trafficking, NORML reported.

In accordance to an analysis from the federal U.S. Sentencing Commission (USCC), they accounted for less than 6% of people charged with violating federal drug laws about the final yr.

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On the other hand, methamphetamine was the most widespread narcotic form involved in federal drug instances, accounting for 48%, adopted by powder cocaine and heroin.

And it seems the trend is attaining steam as extra states legalize marijuana and federal officials seemingly place less emphasis on likely soon after people in excess of hashish.

In 2012, with extra than 7,000 federal cannabis situations reported, cannabis topped the checklist. In 2020, USCC documented only 1,118 cannabis cases after their numbers dropped by much more than a quarter in 2019.

“Although Congress has unsuccessful to amend federal hashish rules, plainly the attitudes and priorities of federal prosecutors have shifted in the era of point out-degree marijuana legalization,” NORML deputy director Paul Armentano said. “Now it’s time for federal lawmakers to codify these modifications in priorities by descheduling marijuana.”

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Morgan Fox, NORML’s political director emphasized that “America’s outdated federal guidelines are nevertheless obtaining a considerable and unwanted affect on people’s life.

“We urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a flooring vote on the Marijuana Prospect, Reinvestment, and Expunge Act right away, and sincerely hope that Senate Bulk Chief Chuck Schumer sticks to his planned April introduction of the Cannabis Administration and Prospect Act,” Fox explained.

This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been reposted with permission.