2013 ACLU Report Found Overwhelming Racial Bias in Marijuana Arrests


«Black people are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people despite comparable usage rates….»

So, we should either arrest white people at the same rate or decriminalize marijuana. I guess if we did the former, the latter would happen a lot faster.

«The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a federal branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, conducts nationally representative annual surveys of marijuana use over respondents’ lifetime, over the past year, and over the past month. SAMSHA survey data consistently finds that rates of ever use and recent use by race do not significantly differ between Black and white populations. Therefore, the wide racial disparities in marijuana possession arrest rates cannot be explained by differences in marijuana usage rates between Black and white people.»

PDF downloadable from ACLU if you click enough links

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