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New Report: The Feds Are Obsessed With Drug Prosecutions

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Drug offenses make up the biggest share of federal criminal cases, and marijuana cases account for over a quarter of those, a new federal report reveals.

Of the nearly 76,000 federal defendants sentenced in 2014, 31.7 percent were convicted of drug crimes, according to a publication released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission on Thursday. Of those drug cases, 25.2 percent were for marijuana, meaning that about eight percent of all federal criminal cases concern cannabis.

Federal Criminal Cases

According to the data, the feds convicted more than three times as many marijuana defendants as people who produced or possessed child pornography.

Among drug cases, the feds convict more than twice as many people for marijuana than for heroin. Only methamphetamine convictions make up a bigger share or drug cases than marijuana does.

Read the full report here.

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