More arrests in the US for marijuana possession than violent crimes, 2020 hopeful Cory Booker saysPosted by On

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker likes to quote statistics, particularly when he’s indicting what he sees as unfair treatment of marijuana offenders as compared to those commit violent crimes.

“We have people that have criminal convictions for doing things that two of the last three presidents admitted to doing. And so, we have a justice system that is not equal justice under the law,” the U.S. senator from New Jersey said in a Las Vegas TV interview

“We have people who can’t get jobs, can’t get business licenses because of nonviolent drug crimes. And especially at a time when we’re legalizing things like marijuana. In 2017, we had more marijuana possession arrests in our country than all other violent crimes combined. And so, I’m going to fight to end this.”

The arrests claim is one Booker has made before; and national news media have reported a similar statistic. 

What we found is that Booker is right for 2017  — and for 2016 and 2015, as well.


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