Marijuana Arrests in U.S. Continue to Decline (2013)

(Chart by Washington Post, based on FBI Uniform Crime Statistics)

The latest government stats for marijuana arrests show a 9% dip from last year. There were 693,481 pot arrests made in 2013, 88% for possession and 12% for sales and manufacturing.

Last year, the overall arrest figure dropped by just 1%. There were 749,825 arrests in 2012, 757,969 arrests in 2011 and 853,638 in 2010.

Of the 1.5 million drug arrests in 2013, nearly half (46%) were for marijuana. Drug arrests accounted for 13% of all arrests (11.3 million). The other leading offenses are property crime (1.5 million), larceny (1.2 million) and DUI (1.1 million).

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.