10/06/2011 02:34 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2011

Cook County Spent $78 Million Last Year On Marijuana Arrests And Prosecutions

Over the next few months, city and county officials will be mulling tax increases, layoffs, service cuts, and other stopgap measures as they try to patch together budgets for 2012. Even once-untouchable public safety departments will likely take a hit.

Yet local governments continue to spend at least $78 million a year arresting, prosecuting, and jailing people for marijuana possession.

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