Civil liberties groups in California are urging an end to the war on drugs because of the racial disparities inherent in the battle. (Eric Risberg / AP)
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WASHINGTON — The state of California could vote next week to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, a move that some suggest could not only blaze a trail for more liberal weed laws across the country but also obliterate a longtime racial injustice.Quote has been trimmed
A recent study found that from 2006 to 2008, police in 25 of the state’s major cities arrested blacks at four to 12 times the rate of whites. That’s despite several federal government studies that suggest fewer African-Americans smoke marijuana than whites.
The study, conducted by the California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the pro-legalization group, Drug Policy Alliance, concluded that marijuana arrests are racially biased because police focus on high-crime, low-income neighbourhoods often populated by African-Americans.
Such revelations have prompted the American Civil Liberties Union to push for passage of Proposition 19, a measure that would make it legal for any Californian over the age of 21 to possess an ounce, or 28 grams of marijuana while also giving the green light to cities and counties to regulate and tax commercial sales of weed.
"The war on drugs has become a war on minorities," the ACLU wrote Monday to Eric Holder, the U.S. attorney general.
^ Which they were and still are, and to note specifically from the above:
"The war on drugs has become a war on minorities"
Funny, I thought it always was a war on minorities, since the whole reason why the War on Drugs began was to make sure minorities didn't make any sort of living from growing marijuana and other drugs.
It'd be nice to see this pass, but I of course have my doubts..... and even if it did pass, chances are the idiots in government and other organizations that would lose money from it being legalized will somehow force it back into failure shortly after it passed.
Kind of like how Marijuana was decriminalized here for like.... what..... a couple of days before they re-criminalized it again due to US pressure.
Back when we were going to decriminalize it, the Bush administration threatened to tighten up border security, do more checks and turn travel & business between Canada and the US into a crawl..... so our government folded and re-criminalized it.
Then of course due to the whole terrorism fear mongering and claims that the 9/11 terrorists came from Canada, they tightened border security anyways.