Dramatic Decline In Marijuana Arrests Since Adult Use Was Legalized
Total arrests in Washington, D.C. have fallen 95% since 2011, and arrests for marijuana possession have fallen 99% over the same period.
Concerns about the social and economic impact of the city’s arrest rates were a major driver of support for legalization in 2014.
According to the ACLU, in 2010, Washington, D.C. had the country’s highest number of marijuana arrests per capita, and the second-highest racial disparity in arrests, with black residents being eight times more likely to be arrested for possession than whites.
Marijuana legalization for adults has helped address a long-standing concern about the effects of prohibition, especially on the city’s minority residents.