Medical marijuana thrives but possession arrests continue by the thousands

Medical marijuana thrives but possession arrests continue by the thousands



Medical marijuana has become a major industry in Arkansas, where nearly 70,000 people are now permitted to use it legally. But arrests for minor marijuana offenses are booming, too.

Between 2010 and 2018, marijuana arrests in Arkansas rose by nearly 50%, according to a report published last year by the American Civil Liberties Union. Law enforcement agencies in the state made over 10,000 arrests for marijuana offenses in 2018 alone, 90% of which were for possession. The ACLU also found Black people in Arkansas were arrested for marijuana offenses at more than twice the rate of white people, though the national disparity was even larger.