Some drivers are getting arrested for driving stoned — even when their drug tests came back clean. Drunk driving arrests are down sharply after decades of aggressive enforcement, while drugged driving arrests are climbing. Georgia now has more than 250 officers with special ‘drug recognition expert’ training.
On any given day in the United States, at least 137,000 men and women sit behind bars on simple drug possession charges, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch. Nearly two-thirds of them are in local jails. According to the report, most of these jailed inmates have not been convicted of any crime: They’re sitting in a cell, awaiting a day in court which may be months or even years off, because they can’t afford to post bail.
Cops say they’re really not worried about your back yard marijuana plant. But they’ll still arrest you for it. America’s cops overwhelmingly do not see marijuana as a major threat to their communities, according to results of a survey released this week as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.”