Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, wrote an op-ed piece in the Alaska Dispatch on marijuana law enforcement in the run up to the November marijuana legalization ballot initiative in Alaska.
Dr. Payne notes, "Focusing on arrests as the sole measure of the criminal justice impact of marijuana can be misleading. Often, marijuana crimes are accompanied by other criminal activity, so it is difficult to parse out what someone was actually “arrested for.” ...As previous commentators have noted, no one in Alaska has completed a detailed analysis of marijuana-case processing from start to finish."
Read the full op-ed here:
"It's complicated: Marijuana law enforcement numbers in Anchorage" by Dr. Troy Payne. Alaska Dispatch, 25 Oct 2014.