10 States With the Lowest Marijuana Arrest Rates

Not only does every state have different laws when it comes to marijuana, but they also differ in how stringently they enforce those laws. Some states focus on more important crimes when it comes to law enforcement and place less emphasis on arresting people for smoking a joint.

Previously, we found the 10 states with the highest marijuana arrest rates. So now that you know which states to avoid, we decided to figure out which states have the lowest marijuana arrest rates. Here were the 10 lowest:

10. Ohio: 158.45 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

9. Montana: 149.96 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

8. Vermont: 147.92 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

7. Alaska: 125.52 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

6. Hawaii: 106.79 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

5. Connecticut: 104.18 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

4. Washington: 99.14 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

3. Alabama: 74.24 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

2. California: 54.16 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

1. Massachusetts: 38.11 marijuana arrests per 100,000 people

There’s a surprising amount of state diversity on this list. There’s a southern state, a mountain state, a few West Coast states, a few New England states, and even some midwest. So apparently there’s no regional bias when it comes to marijuana laws.

Of course, you could always just stick to states where it’s legal to purchase marijuana so that these statistics don’t affect your life.

Data taken from NORML.

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