Marijuana Legalization Would Help with Racial Problems in America

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African Americans and Latino Americans are disproportionately being arrested for marijuana possession compared to white Americans.

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SOURCE: CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT

By looking at these graphs one can clearly see that African Americans and Latino Americans are getting arrested much more than white Americans. Considering that these minority groups make up a much smaller percentage of the population this is glaring problem with the police force. Considering how often the police department is accused of being racist towards people of color this certainly does not help their case.

I personally believe that possessing small amounts of marijuana should not even lead to an arrest because it is a non-violent crime with no malicious intent. I also believe that country-wide legalization would be a good step towards a more fair police force that, even if they want to, cannot target minorities.

Positive steps are being taken to help with this issue, with proposition 64 being passed in California, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, San Francisco is to recall and re-sentence close to 5000 felony marijuana convicts as well as dismissing over 3000 misdemeanor charges (Time). According to an assessment of the San Francisco police department made in 2016 by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services,
black and Latino drivers were disproportionately searched and arrested compared to white drivers, though they were less likely to find contraband on black and Latino drivers (NPR). Therefore the re-sentencing is going to disproportionately help Latinos and African Americans. This is just a small example of the positive impact of marijuana legalization.

It might be a while before the police force is completely fair and just but marijuana legalization is an important step in eliminating the disparity in arrests by race.

Sources:

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/10/12/497702291/review-finds-san-francisco-police-disproportionately-targeted-minorities

http://time.com/5128090/san-francisco-marijuana-convictions-cleared/?xid=homepage

Graphs From:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/06/04/the-blackwhite-marijuana-arrest-gap-in-nine-charts/?utm_term=.7f5384861499

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/police-bust-blacks-pot-possession-after-decriminalization/Content?oid=13004240

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2 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Would Help with Racial Problems in America”

  1. eldiablitho12 on February 12th, 2018 8:43 am

    I think that Marijuana should be legal so racial problem would be less. This is unfair that people need to hide for something that cant kill someone or put someone in dangers situation. They are to many arrested just for little amount of weed that they find. other thing is that racial shouldn’t be a problem because everyone is equal in this life.

  2. pollita12 on March 9th, 2018 10:51 am

    In my opinion marijuana should be legal because I think that is not dangerous for our health. Sometimes people used it for medicine and others used it for fun but it doesn’t matter because I never seen news that marijuana kill people. Actually, most people died because they smoke tobacco that is really dangerous to our health but not marijuana.

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