Facts not on the side of Opponents to Marijuana Legalization

False: Opponents of marijuana legalization argue that marijuana possession is such a minor crime that full legalization isn’t needed.

True:  Marijuana possession in Coloradois a petty offense, but people charged with pot possession still have to appear in criminal court.

Colorado’s marijuana debate includes a back-and-forth over pot possession and the impact on the criminal justice system, and activists are counting up the arrests.

Activists in support of Amendment 64 to legalize are releasing a report Thursday saying that marijuana possession arrests inColoradowent from about 4,000 in 1985 to more than 10,000 in 2010. The activists say two-thirds of those arrested were 25 or younger and that 36 percent were black or Latino. The numbers come from FBI Uniform Crime Reports.


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