In 2016 more people were arrested for marijuana possession than for all crimes the FBI classifies as violent, according to 2016 crime data released by the agency.
Marijuana possession arrests edged up slightly in 2016, a year in which voters in four states approved recreational marijuana initiatives and voters in three others approved medical marijuana measures.
The article in the Washington Post noted that marijuana possession remains one of the single largest arrest categories in the United States, accounting for over 5 percent of all arrests last year.
More than one in 20 arrests involved a marijuana possession charge, amounting to more than one marijuana possession arrest every minute.
The FBI’s report goes on to note that overall, in 2016, roughly 1.5 million people were arrested for drug-related offenses, up slightly year-over-year. Advocates for a more public health-centered approach to drug use say numbers like these show the drug war never really went away.