Drugs Arresting More Pot Smokers Lowering Violent Crime
posted by September 15 at 12:54 PMon
Meanwhile, law enforcement made more arrests for drugs than for any other offense in 2007, the FBI reports in un-flashy text. The largest category of drug offenses is an all-time record for pot busts. Law enforcement arrested 872,720 people for pot (775,138 just for possession), up about 42,000 pot busts from 2006.
Can we take this to mean that cracking down on pot smokers—instigators of violent crime nationwide—has thus protected the citizenry from assault? Well, nobody’s saying that, of course, because most pot smokers would forgo assault for table salt.
But how many actual criminals are out there to be arrested? According to the federal drug survey released earlier this month, about 19.9 million people had used a drug within the last month when they were surveyed in 2007. This is more than all of the people arrested for anything at all: “In 2007… 14,209,365 arrests occurred nationwide for all offenses,” the FBI estimates.
There are more drug users than law enforcement’s capacity for arresting them. So, rather then suggesting busting more people for pot smoking decreases violent crime, it would it be less ridiculous—perhaps even disgustingly plausible—that more people are getting away with assault, robbery, and theft because the cops are our busting record numbers of pot smokers.