There are at least 500,000 regular marijuana users in Arizona, pop 6,500,180. In other words, one out of 10 residents of Arizona is considered to be a hardened criminal. Many of which use marijuana as a medical necessity, to alleviate pain or seizures.
Arizona views marijuana users, unless card-holding patients, as unrepentant criminals.
Approximately 20,000 arrests were made in Arizona for simple personal use possession charges.
For a detailed discussion of Arizona marijuana arrests, please check outJon Gettman’s comprehensive report.Arrest numbers in Arizona vary significantly from county to county.
Nationwide Marijuana-Related Arrest Statisitics
Approximately 89 percent of the 754,224 Americans arrested were charged with possession only. The remaining 93,640 individuals were charged with “sale/manufacture,” a category that includes all cultivation offenses, even those where the marijuana was being grown for personal or medical use. In past years, roughly 30 percent of those arrested were age 19 or younger.
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