Hemp legalization caused confusion among police and prosecutors, who have instead adopted a 'Smart on Crime' approach.
Though about 54% of Albany residents are white, only four people arrested for cannabis charges between July 2019 and June 2020 were white.
Now that marijuana is becoming increasingly more legal across the United States, more of the population is dropping its guard when it comes to holding weed.
The latest FBI crime data shows that more than 600,000 marijuana-related arrests are happening every year, most of which are for small-time possession.
Though marijuana-related arrests have risen in recent years, those cases aren't being prosecuted at the same rate.
Now that marijuana is legal in more spots across the United States, people seem to have this idea that it's okay to be all willy-nilly about their pot use.
Data shows that, even despite the massive shift in public opinion in relation to cannabis, a lot of people are still being arrested for pot-related offenses. And this holds particularly true for minorities.
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