Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Racist War on Weed


A new, damning report by the American Civil Liberties Union (PDF) illustrates how costly, ineffective, and racist the policing and criminalization of marijuana has become in the United States, with New York State leading the way in marijuana-related arrests. The study analyzes how over the past ten years, marijuana arrests have come to make up over half of all drug arrests in the United States, and that in 2010 a marijuana arrest happened every thirty-seven seconds. Even more staggering than the cost of marijuana enforcement (which cost states $3.6 billion in 2010) is the racial dynamic of marijuana policing: a Black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person, even though blacks and whites use the drug at a similar rate...

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Dr. Tom said...

No doubt there is racial bias but that is just the tip of the iceberg.JD Rockefeller long ago realized that cannabis would cut in on his empires - both big pharma as well as big oil. Psychiatric drug use would be a fraction of what it is today if it weren't for the stigma and laws associated with cannabis. This is to say nothing about cleaner and more sustainable, earth friendly fuels, organic plastics, etc.It is "high time" that laws were truly made to support and protect the people and not corporatocracy. The cost of maintaining prisons and prisoners would go down to the level of incarcerating true criminals and honest people could go back to work and raise their families.

0jr said...

Diseal first invented fuel from pot seeds.But later was forced to make diseal..Some years back I seen a vid on yuotube where some org. drove a car from NYC to Cail. on 1 tank of fuel madr from pot seedsBefor Hungary joined the eu they were leaders in the world that scientifically used seeds stalk ect................. for industrial purposes but were made to stop all study and industry.Yet holland was permitted to sell smoke ect.........and they prohibited many Hungaian dog breeds ownership ect.............. I can go on and on That is the most racist discrimination ever not blacks or whatever being the majority arrested for pot

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