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Table 1 Marijuana Arrests-Large U.S. Counties – 1990 and 2002****

From: The war on marijuana: The transformation of the war on drugs in the 1990s

County 1990 Sale 2002 Sale % Growth 1990 Poss. 2002 Poss. % Growth 1990 Total 2002 Total % Growth
Los Angeles (CA) 6,708 2,868 -57 5,638 12,929 129 12,346 15,797 28
Cook (IL)* 8,974 N/A N/A 1,597 N/A N/A 10,571 N/A N/A
Harris (TX) 68 38 -44 1,593 7,174 349 1,661 7,212 334
Maricopa (AZ) 563 462 -18 3,529 6,194 76 4, s092 6,656 63
Orange (CA) 636 579 -9 3,128 6,466 107 3,764 7,045 87
San Diego (CA) 1,588 756 -52 3,162 4,950 57 4,750 5,706 20
Miami-Dade (FL)* 1,279 N/A N/A 3,926 N/A N/A 5,205 N/A N/A
Dallas (TX) 174 260 49 2,483 2,992 20 2,657 3,252 22
Wayne (MI) 182 223 23 1,009 2,357 134 1,191 2,580 117
King (WA) 94 187 99 639 3,608 465 733 3,795 418
Philadelphia (PA) 468 2,449 423 358 3,774 954 826 6,223 653
Middlesex (MA) 93 233 151 676 1,274 88 769 1,507 96
Cuyahoga (OH) 161 141 -12 732 1,032 41 893 1,173 31
Clark (NV) 9 560 6,122 98 3,472 3,443 107 4,032 3,668
Hennepin (MN) 25 467 1768 739 1,184 60 764 1,651 116
St. Louis (MO) 106 126 19 617 1,625 163 723 1,751 142
Fairfax (VA) 53 18 -66 383 258 -33 436 276 -37
Milwaukee (WI) 363 840 131 1,542 2,228 44 1,905 3,068 61
Shelby (TN) 34 584 1,618 91 1,790 1,867 125 2,374 1,799
Fulton (GA) 314 776 147 2,750 3,757 37 3,064 4,533 48
  1. **** – Cook County, Illinois and Miami-Dade County, Florida did not provide marijuana arrest statistics to the Uniform Crime Report in 2002.