It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to come to the conclusion that legalization of recreational marijuana will make pot arrests plummet.

That’s pretty much what the Drug Policy Alliance found recently with a report on Colorado’s post-legalization arrest data. The analysis looks at numbers between 2010 and 2014, the latter of which was first full year of legalization.

In a nutshell:

*Marijuana possession charges are down by more than 90 percent.

*Cultivation charges are down by 96 percent.

*Weed distribution charges are down by a whopping 99 percent.

According to DPA, “The number of marijuana possession charges in Colorado courts has decreased by more than 25,000 since 2010 – from 30,428 in 2010 to just 1,922 in 2014.”

Success? You betcha.

A spokesman for the group says that disparities in arrests for African Americans remains. The largest number of cases involving cannabis now revolve around smoking in public, which is still illegal in the great state of Colorado.

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He's a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor's recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out:

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