New Report Shows Marijuana Arrests Unfairly Target Blacks

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    New Report Shows Marijuana Arrests Unfairly Target Blacks
    by Mike Meno

    On the same day that the California NAACP endorsed that state’s ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition (now officially named Proposition 19), our allies at the Drug Policy Alliance released a new study that shines a light on the systemic racial bias behind marijuana arrests taking place all across California.

    Among the report’s findings:

    “In every one of the 25 largest counties in California, blacks are arrested for marijuana possession at higher rates than whites, typically at double, triple or even quadruple the rate of whites,” even though “U.S. government studies consistently find that young blacks use marijuana at lower rates than young whites.”
    “In Los Angeles County, with nearly ten million residents and over a quarter of California’s population, blacks are arrested at over triple the rate of whites. Blacks are less than 10 percent of L.A. County’s population, but they are 30 percent of the people arrested for marijuana possession.”
    “Police in other California counties, even those with relatively few blacks or relatively low rates of marijuana arrests, still arrest blacks at much higher rates than whites. African Americans are arrested for marijuana possession at nearly three times the rate of whites in Solano County, and at three to four times the rate of whites in Sonoma, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco counties.”
    The report, written by Prof. Harry Levine of Queens College, finds this overwhelming racial bias to be a “system-wide phenomenon” and not just the result of a handful of racist cops. That’s because most narcotics officers are assigned to patrol so-called “high-crime” neighborhoods that are disproportionately low-income and minority. In those neighborhoods—as in nearly all neighborhoods—the most likely, or easiest arrest an officer can make is for marijuana possession. If we want to end this racial bias, we need to end the laws that allow it to occur. Come November, California voters will have an opportunity to do just that.
     
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    Thanks for posting the link.....I think a few of us would like to read the whole report, and not just what you think is relevant for us to read :cuckoo:
     
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    One of the reasons is mostly because when white people smoke pot they make it out to be some secret agent crap. Indoors, closed locked door, towel under the door, using a spoof. binds drawn.

    My black buddies laugh at that like crazy. Most of them smoke in the open, on the porch, in front of the house, in thier freaking cars, etc.

    The only time I blaze up outside is when I'm at my friends summer house on 1/2 an acre of property, with plenty of cover, and even then we sneak into the toolshed to do it.
     
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    cultural fear of Jail is what I call it.
     
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    In other news....

    A study by Kansas University shows that people who are married are much more likely to get a divorce than a single person.
     
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    another candidate for the GED ignore button
     
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    blog

    and a very suspect 'study'

    I'll wait for anything credible from a reputable source
     
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    I think that Blacks are more likely to come under the eye of cops in every case, not just in the case marijuana.

    It's in the nature of the places where they live for this to happen.

    White Kids are also much more likely to get busted for possession than White adults, too.

    Again, it has to do with how likely a cop is to check you out under one pretense or the other.
     
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    racial profiling
    Prop 19 in Cali could be the trigger to an ecnomic and social freedom boom.
     

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