According To Pew Research Center’s2015 Study , Nearly Half (49 Percent) Of Americans Said They Had Tried Marijuana, A 37 Percent Increase From 2014, When The Total Percentage Was 12.marijuana Is Themost Commonly Used Illicit Drug In The U.s., According To A 2012 Report By National Survey On Drug Use And Health .

Federal Marijuana-Related Crimes Decline Considerably Sentencing Commission, the number of people who have been sentenced for federal marijuana-related crimes has declined for the fifth year in a row. More The number of people sentenced for federal marijuana-related crimes has dropped for the fifth year in a row, according to a data releasedby the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) last week. Read: Attorney General Says He Will Enforce Federal Marijuana Laws In An ‘Appropriate marijuana Way’ A total of 3,534 offenders received sentencesfor federal marijuana crimes in 2016, according to the study . Out of them, 3,398 were involved in marijuana trafficking. In 2015, the total number of people arrested for amarijuana law violationwas 643,121 and number of those who were arrested for possession only were574,641(89 percent), according to a study by Drug Policy Alliance. According to Pew Research Center’s2015 study , nearly half (49 percent) of Americans said they had tried marijuana, a 37 percent increase from 2014, when the total percentage was 12.Marijuana is themost commonly used illicit drug in the U.S., according to a 2012 report by National Survey on Drug Use and Health . In the study by USSC, it said: “Marijuana offenders were nearly the same age at both sentencing and at release as drug trafficking offenders as a whole. The median marijuana offender was 30 years old at the time of sentencing and 33 years old at the time of release, compared to median ages of 30 and 34 for all drug trafficking offenders.” The reason for the drop in the number of federal marijuana sentences couldlikely be the legalization of recreational marijuana.In 2012, Colorado and Washington had become the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. The data shows a sharp drop in the number of federal marijuana sentences the following year, down from 6,992 to 4,942. But even where recreational marijuana is legal, the sale and use of marijuanafor any purposerecreational, medical or otherwise, remains a crime at the federal level. In 2013, the Justice Department issued a guidance givingfederal prosecutors the liberty to ignore certain marijuana offences, given that such behavior was otherwise incompliance with an applicable state law.

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