Report: Worcester County Leads State in Marijuana Arrests
OCEAN CITY, Md.- According to an American Civil Liberties Union report, 21 out of a thousand people in Worcester County have been arrested for pot. Worcester County comes in at number one in the state for marijuana arrests, according to the report. That's nearly double the rate of Baltimore City, which is why some folks like Steve Genua, of Ocean City, believe the study is flawed.
"I don't believe it, and I can't believe we're the worse county in the state," said Genua.
Genua believe the report does not take into account the county's true population. Ocean City swells in the summer, increasing Worcester County's population to hundreds of thousands of people.
"That's where the issues are. You get a lot of folks coming into town, most of them are younger folks," said Genua.
The data collected back in 2010 shows the county's year-round population at more than 51,000.
ACLU officials said it's no secret Worcester County's numbers are a tad bit skewed. The report actually includes a footnote about exaggerated tourists and seasonal workers in Worcester County. But Edna Berkey said the report sounds pretty ridiculous but it's possible.
"It's hard to believe, but you know what, it happens everywhere," said Berkey. "You don't really know anything about it until you hear something about it."