Marijuana is an illicit drug that contains a psychoactive chemical named THC. Though its effects on human body are less when compared to other drugs like heroine, nicotine and alcohol etc, most of the countries restrict youth from smoking it.
Different countries across the world impose different stances towards illicit consumption of marijuana, but United States has an unique marijuana a policy that is enforced harshly on people living in various states of America.
A survey states that every year over 800,00 people in US are arrested simply for possessing marijuana and in the year 2009, more than 858, 408 individuals were prosecuted for illicit usage and possession of marijuana.
As per the data compiled by FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting, over 1.5 million individuals were arrested throughout the country for illegal drug consumption of which 750,000 individuals were arrested for marijuana consumption. In 2011, every 1 out of 99 adults were incarcerated in federal jails and prisons for violating drug laws.
The infographic shows that the total drug arrests have fallen down from 13, 699, 254 to 12, 408, 899 between 2001 to 2011 due to strict enforcement of drug violating laws. There were many celebrities who were caught for illicit drug use of which few are Whitney Houston, Carlos Santana, John Lennon and Chris Webber etc.