Feds: Blacks Have Been Singled-Out for Weed Arrests
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

marijuana weedNew federal data shows black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested for marijuana possession in 2010, the New York Times reports.

This is despite the fact that blacks and whites reportedly smoked weed at similar rates that year. The Times says the data gives a more nuanced picture of marijuana enforcement on the state level.

For instance, in states like Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, blacks were as much as eight times more likely to be arrested than whites. The overall disparity has grown steadily over the last decade.

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union’s Criminal Law Reform Project will release its own report on the disparities.

“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 project and lead author of the report.

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Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.

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