England reclassified marijuana a couple of years ago so that possession was a less serious offense. The London police reported that of the people they caught with marijuana, 67% were given a warning, 17% were cautioned and 15% were charged.
They are getting criticized on two fronts. First, because of the disproportionate arrests of blacks and second, for making the police appear impotent.
I’m not sure that reclassifying marijuana is not a bad idea, but it does seem silly to intervene and simply hand out warnings.