Arrests down, but thousands still jailed for marijuana misdemeanors, study finds
Since marijuana possession has been reclassified as an infraction, arrest of people for marijuana misdemeanors has dropped.
The number of people jailed for marijuana misdemeanors in California has dropped significantly since possession was reclassified to an infraction, but thousands continue to be put behind bars each year, according to a study released Wednesday by supporters of legalization.
The study was commissioned by the group Drug Policy Alliance, which said the results show the need for Proposition 64, a measure on the Nov. 8 ballot that would legalize recreational use of marijuana, allowing Californians to possess and transport an ounce and authorizing retail sales.
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