Prop. 64 didn’t legalize every cannabis crime, but arrests are falling fast

Yes, you can still get busted for some cannabis-related offenses in California. But now that recreational use is legal, the number of such arrests is dropping quickly.

Those are two takeaways from a crime report issued this week by California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra. The data showed a huge drop in marijuana-related arrests last year, with all such arrests falling by 56 percent and felony arrests down 74 percent.

Overall, from 2016 to 2017, the number of people in California facing possible incarceration, hefty legal fees and criminal records as a result of cannabis crimes fell by nearly 8,000.

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