The Drug Policy Alliance has released a detailed paper showing a dramatic decrease in marijuana related charges between 2010 and 2014.
“The total number of charges filed in court for marijuana possession, distribution, and cultivation in Colorado fell from 38,878 in 2010 to 2,036 in 2014, a reduction of 94.8%. (See Table 1.) The majority of these charges in each year were for possession, which accounted for 78% of the total charges in 2010 and 94% of the charges in 2014…The reduction in the number of offenses reflects a change in the nature of marijuana possession offenses in which the offense is now characterized by possession of amounts in excess of the one ounce allowed outside the home by law. The change in the composition of arrests demonstrates the extent to which legal distribution has replaced illicit distribution.”
The paper is packed full of data showing the effect of Amendment 64 on marijuana related arrests and charges in Colorado. Check it out.