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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New Federal Data: Blacks Are 4 Times More Likely To Be Arrested For Marijuana Possession Than Whites

Blacks Arrested For Marijuana Possession

According to the New York Times, new federal data via shows that Black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in the year 2010. This disparity had grown steadily from ten years ago, and in some states, like Minnesota and Illinois, Blacks were around eight times more likely to be arrested than their white counterparts.

Drawn from police records from all 50 states including Washington, DC, the data is a part of a new report that is the most comprehensive review ever of marijuana arrests by race and by county. The report is being released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“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, director of the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the lead author of the report.

Researchers say the growing racial disparities in marijuana arrests were especially striking because they were so consistent even across counties with large or small minority populations. In other words, counties were few African Americans lived still had higher arrest rates for marijuana possessions.

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