The War on Marijuana in Black and White

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 24th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/25l7zn23/
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Any person of color in America can tell you that the war on drugs is fought very selectively, with blacks targeted by law enforcement far more than whites.

Racist policing

Although the rate of marijuana consumption is slightly higher among whites than among African-Americans, you would not know that from the statistics. The fact is there are more blacks in jail for marijuana offenses than whites.

More arrests for pot than anything else

Marijuana is still classified by the government in the same category as heroin and cocaine. Half of all the drug arrests that occur in the United States are for offenses involving marijuana, mostly simple possession. This is a monumental waste of law enforcement resources.

Targeting blacks

Blacks are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana offenses than whites. although whites have a slightly higher rate of weed consumption than blacks. The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that drug laws are just one more tool with which to oppress people of color.

Gross disparities in some states

The states listed in the accompanying chart above have even greater disparities between black and white arrests for marijuana offenses. One might think the greatest disparities would be in the deep south, but the chart shows that is clearly not the case. Racism is pervasive everywhere, not just in the south.

A colossal waste

The money wasted on enforcement of marijuana laws is a scandal. It is literally money being pissed down a drain. The prison-industrial complex is the only beneficiary of the war on marijuana, a drug that is arguably less dangerous than aspirin.

Links: Astrology Confirms that the War on Drugs Can Never be Won
Scientists Discover Marijuana Stops the Spread of Cancer Cells

Charts from thinkprogress.org

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Crime, Drug Enforcement, Drugs, Law Enforcement, Marijuana, Racial Profiling, Racism, Steve Kinsman

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
25th Mar 2014 (#)

An interesting article Steve. I have noticed the same thing here in Milwaukee as well. I think that it is crazy.

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author avatar madugundurukmini
25th Mar 2014 (#)

black and white war

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
25th Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting post as I am living it here in the Pacific Northwest in Washington State already legalized and Oregon next to put it in the ballot, tough theme to discuss my friend!

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
25th Mar 2014 (#)

Racial madness and bias at its worst Steve.
Shameful
Bless you
Stella ><

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author avatar Donald Pennington
25th Mar 2014 (#)

I don't think anyone could have covered this better.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Donald. That's a nice compliment.

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
26th Mar 2014 (#)

I am surprised that New York is on the lower end of the chart.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
26th Mar 2014 (#)

New York is, according to the chart, 4.5 times more likely to arrest blacks, but other cities have New York beat by a lot, as you can see from the chart.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Mar 2014 (#)

another great job Steve..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you cnwriter.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Mar 2014 (#)

This is terrible and the amount of money wasted in trying to enforce this law is ridiculous. The next generation will think us crazy.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Mar 2014 (#)

You are right about that my friend. Thanks for the comment.

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author avatar vickylass
5th Jun 2014 (#)

It´s what I say, cannabis should be legalized and sold in shops in the same way they sell bacon rashers or whatever. So, we´d do a big blow on international drug dealers. Good and well informed article, Steve!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you vickylass. I agree with you.

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author avatar vickylass
5th Jun 2014 (#)

If marijuana was legal, they wouldn´t have a reason to jail blacks for having a pot. Clearly, it´s a racist policy.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
5th Jun 2014 (#)

Clearly it is. Thank you vickylass.

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