Here’s how much Virginia taxpayers are spending to jail marijuana users

Marijuana advocates gather outside the U.S. Capitol on April 24 to urge lawmakers to lower restrictions on marijuana use in Washington. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Over the past 10 years, Virginia authorities have arrested more than 133,000 people suspected of marijuana possession. Each year, about 10,000 individuals are convicted of a first-time marijuana possession offense. And on one day in July 2017, there were 127 individuals in jail on a marijuana charge alone, costing Virginia taxpayers more than $10,000 a day.

Those are among the findings of a report on marijuana decriminalization prepared more at