Nearly All Federal Cannabis Charges in 2022 Related to Trafficking

Ganjapreneur report

Nearly all federal cannabis charges – 98.8% – brought last year were for drug trafficking as federal charges for cannabis comprised just about 4% of all federal drug offenders, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission 2022 Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics.

The majority of federal drug cases last year were methamphetamine related (48.5%), followed by powder cocaine (17.3%); fentanyl (12.6%); heroin (8.1%); crack cocaine (5.6%); and “other” drugs, which include Oxycodone/Oxycontin (301 cases); MDMA/ecstasy/MDA (72 cases), and synthetic cannabinoids (59 cases.)  

In all, federal law enforcement officials brought 806 cannabis-related federal charges, of which 796 were for drug trafficking, while seven were for possession in “protected locations,” which includes courts, and one charge related to continuing a criminal enterprise. 

The majority of the federal drug trafficking charges for cannabis were for between 100,000 and 399,999 grams – 137 cases in all. Another 38 charges were for trafficking between 1 million and 3 million grams, while 16 charges were for between 5,000 and 9,999 grams.  

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