DC Arrests for Public Use of Marijuana Nearly Tripled Last Year

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DC Arrests for Public Use of Marijuana Nearly Tripled Last Year

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Arrests for the public use of marijuana in the District nearly tripled in 2016 and are on track to remain high in 2017, public records show.

More than 400 people were arrested in 2016 for public consumption of marijuana, according to D.C. police arrest records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Records show 78 had been arrested as of April 5.

That compares with 142 people arrested in 2015, the year that marijuana use — but not the sale of marijuana — became legal in the city.

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