According to data released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, for the fifth year in a row, the number of people sentenced for federal marijuana-related crimes has dropped. In 2016, a total of 3,534 people were sentenced for marijuana-related crimes compared to 7,000 people in 2012. Over 120 of these sentences were for simply, possession of marijuana, which they most likely pleaded down from a more serious offense. There was a significant drop in sentences however, after weed became legal in Colorado and Washington, bringing the number down to 4,942. Hopefully, this trend will continue as more states legalize marijuana.