“Nobody’s in prison just for marijuana.” That’s one of the oldest and most pernicious lies peddled by those who oppose cannabis legalization.

In fact, more than 650,000 Americans are arrested for cannabis every year. That’s despite the fact that it’s legal in 11 states, and medically legal in 35. Those people aren’t given tickets. They go to jail.

On any given day, American jails and prisons hold an estimated 40,000 prisoners for cannabis crimes. Countless others languish in prisons around the world.

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