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Efficacy and Impact: The Criminal Justice Response to Marijuana Policy in the United States

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In Category : Criminal Justice Reform, Racial Equity

Law enforcement has been at the center of federal spending on criminal justice responses to drug use for decades. Leading national indicators of drug use and drug violations will show that 1) there is no clear relationship between drug arrests and drug use, and that 2) the impact of increased arrests, convictions and incarcerations of people for marijuana offenses has significant and measurable “collateral consequences” on communities and individuals.


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