Law Enforcement and Cannabis


  • Civil forfeiture laws allow local law enforcement to retain possession of
    seized assets, creating inherent conflicts of interest.
  • Federal prohibition of cannabis makes people prone to forfeiture laws even in
    states where it is legally permitted.
  • Among states which have restrictions on civil forfeiture, those can be
    bypassed via the federal equitable sharing program.
  • Using available FY 2019 data, New Frontier Data estimates that $661 million
    in federally deposited seized funds were linked to cannabis.
  • Among all drug-related instances, cannabis-related seizures represented the
    lowest percentage of those for which charges were ultimately filed.
  • In one locale, though marijuana was the singular trade for which the largest
    amount of cash was seized, just 29% was tied to actual charges.