Saturday, March 22, 2014

If You're Black and You Like Marijuana, You're 3.67 Times More Likely to Be Arrested

ot a little marijuana in your pocket? If so, you'd better hope you're not black. If you are, congratulations, you're 3.67 times more likely to be arrested for possession of Mary Jane in the United States than your white friend.

An online tool developed by the ACLU is turning the spotlight on this disproportionate targeting of black Americans and the billions of taxpayer dollars being spent on it. It's full of illuminating facts about the failed war on drugs—such as that a full 88 percent of marijuana-related arrests are for possession, not selling, and that there were 8 million arrests between 2001 and 2010. That's the equivalent of arresting the entire population of New York City for pot possession.

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