With a vote looming on Prop 19 that would legalize marijuana in California, word that pot arrests in the state remain at record highs. The number of marijuana arrests in California was virtually unchanged in 2009, following a year in which an all-time record was reached.
"The record is clear that the war on marijuana has failed," Dale Gieringer of California NORML told the pro-marijuana web site Toke of the Town.
"Since marijuana was prohibited in California in 1913, arrests have soared to near-record levels with no end in sight," Gieringer said.
He said Prop 19 would be a great boost for the cash-strapped state.
Interestingly, while marijuana arrests rise, other drug arrests are down. Heroin and cocaine arrests fell 17% percent last year. Arrests for those drugs have dropped 33 percent since 2006.