Study: Blacks Are Singled Out For Marijuana Arrests

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We all know that white people not only smoke weed, but they do all kinds of other stuff that police never try to find out about.  Go to any college campus, and you’ll find a whole string of drugs from the best to the worst.  But authorities now find that black people are an acceptable commodity and are always glad to lock black men up for small amounts of marijuana.  The system is just sick. 

A new study shows that black Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites.   But they don’t smoke it more, so what’s the issue?  Racism is the issue, that’s what.  The disparities are greatest in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, where blacks are eight times more likely to get arrested. 

During the same period, public attitudes toward marijuana softened and a number of states decriminalized its use. But about half of all drug arrests in 2011 were on marijuana-related charges, roughly the same portion as in 2010.

Advocates for the legalization of marijuana have criticized the Obama administration for having vocally opposed state legalization efforts and for taking a more aggressive approach than the Bush administration in closing medical marijuana dispensaries and prosecuting their owners in some states, especially Montana and California.

The new data, however, offers a more nuanced picture of marijuana enforcement on the state level. Drawn from police records from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the report is the most comprehensive review of marijuana arrests by race and by county, and it is part of a report being released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union. Much of the data was also independently reviewed for The New York Times by researchers at Stanford University.

“We found that in virtually every county in the country, police have wasted taxpayer money enforcing marijuana laws in a racially biased manner,” said Ezekiel Edwards, the director of the A.C.L.U.’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the lead author of the report.



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  1. This study’s results flows from the fact that law enforcement is focused on and operates to criminalize Black and Latino people. This face explains the marijuana disparity, the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity and the figures for who ends up in jail. This is unacceptable, and we must act to stop it. To find out how to get involved in that, go to: http://www.stopmassincarceration.org.


  3. Okay! But this information about who gets arrested more should have been already known all along, and should have NEVER been surprising to blacks. Did the brothers really think that, all of a sudden, law enforcement all over this racist country was going to be fair and equal on this matter? Surely yall can’t be that stupid. And while I’m somewhat supportive of unfair arrest for just smoking the mess. And I repeat SOMEWHAT, because your thinking of fairness in this regard is proof that your minds are fumed up enough already without pot. And I show ain’t gonna lend a hand to those of you that are out there selling the poison to help ruin other black brothers and sisters. So don’t look for no pity from me, IF YOU ARE PUSHING, especially. — Rev. George Brooks

  4. what's new…

  5. Well here is a surprise for every nit-wit, half-wit, dim-wit fool, every naive, backward inbred illiterate idiot dumb-ass who has lived his]her life with his/her head buried in the sand, Blacks are Singled Out for Marijuana Arrests.

  6. Can you add a link to this report?

  7. Can you add a link to this report?

  8. It took a new study to tell yall this, hell most Black men could have told you this was the case 20 years ago, you should have just asked.

  9. One and a half generations later, now its an outrage. Please spare me.

  10. We are living in The New Jim Crow Law where they are locking up our young black men!!! The only different is before they had signs stating whites only!!! See the government is spending billions of dollars on prisons and they cutting funding and closing schools in rule areas!!! Everyone should watch The New Jim Crow on YouTube. it examples everything that the government doing!!!!! Then
    watch The FBI War On Black America and see what happen in the past!!!! Its All The Same!!!!!

  11. What can we do ?! We need to get together and change the trajectory of your futures. Let's go !

  12. You don't have to be a sociologist to know how true this is! Any average true speaking person will tell you this. I mean we nickel and dime it, while others buy it by the pound. But who is slammed against the hood of a squad car for blowing one while sitting in your own front yard?!! US!!

  13. I was pulled over at 17th & Mifflin St. The cops asked me if they could search my car, I told them no; not without a warrant. They held me there until another squad car came with a warrant. After they tore my truck apart and found nothing, I asked them why I was pulled over in the first place. The officer said I wasn't wearing my seat belt. Now how could he see if I was or wasn't from behind me with tinted windows I'll never understand! Plus, I was wearing my seat belt!! So it's all bullshit. They just do what they want and know they can get away with it. The sad thing is the officer was a young Black man like myself!! Sooo sad!

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