The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.
- First state to legalize medical marijuana usage: California, in 1996
- Number of states that now have comprehensive laws legalizing medical marijuana usage: 29 plus D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico
- Number of states with limited usage laws allowing some medical marijuana usage: 17
- Number of states with legalized recreational marijuana: 8
- Number of states where marijuana possession is a misdemeanor: 13
- Number of states where marijuana possession is a felony: 2
- Wisconsin is a misdemeanor for first offense and felony for second
- Number of states where marijuana sale is a misdemeanor: 3
- Number of states where marijuana sale is a felony: 11
- In many states sale of marijuana is illegal but the severity of the criminal charges depend on the amount of marijuana or other factors.
- Percentage of drug-related arrests in 2010 that were for marijuana: 52
- Marijuana arrests from 2001-2010: 7 million
- Marijuana usage by white 18-25 year olds: about 30%
- Marijuana usage by black 18-25 year olds: about 25%
- Likelihood of being arrested for marijuana related charges if you are black vs white: four times higher
- In Iowa, D.C., Minnesota, and Illinois, black people are as much as 8.5 times likelier than whites to be arrested on marijuana charges
- Amount spent yearly to enforce marijuana laws: $3,613,969,972
- State Medical Marijuana Laws
- Legality of cannabis by U.S. jurisdiction
- Marijuana Arrests By the Numbers
Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.