Why? Because busting people for pot is profitable (for the cronies) and low risk.
It’s not like there are other actual crimes happening on which the police can focus or anything. Bust potheads. That makes sense.
The increase in marijuana arrests—659,700 in 2017, compared to 653,249 in 2016—is driven by enforcement against people merely possessing the drug as opposed to selling or growing it, the data shows…
…“At a time when more than 100 deaths per day are caused by opioid overdoses, it is foolish to focus our limited law enforcement resources on a drug that has caused literally zero,” Don Murphy, federal policies director for the Marijuana Policy Project said in an interview.