The FBI has released their latest Uniformed Crime Report which has found that there were 1,552,432 arrests in 2012 for drug-related offenses, with 82% of those being for simple possession; with a majority of those being for cannabis.
In total, the report found that over 12,000,000 people were arrested in the United States in 2012. According to the report, the “highest number of arrests were for drug abuse violations.”
Of those 1.5 million drug-related arrests, nearly half (roughly 750,000) were for cannabis. Of the cannabis arrests, roughly 85% were for simple possession.
According to the report, “the estimated arrest rate for the United States in 2012 was 3,888.2 arrests per 100,000 inhabitants. The arrest rate for violent crime (including murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) was 166.3 per 100,000 inhabitants.”
The report also includes arrest data for each state, which can be found by clicking here.