420 with CNW – Marijuana Arrests Among Blacks in Illinois Seven Times Higher Than Whites, Research Finds

April 23, 2020 16:20:29

One of the most prominent arguments against the war on drugs, and marijuana specifically, has been the impact it has had on specific communities. And most states that eventually legalized marijuana have been using some of the tax revenue earned from cannabis sales to help remedy this. However, a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which examined nationwide marijuana arrests between 2010 and 2018, shows just how badly some communities, like African Americans, were disproportionately affected.

According to the study, although marijuana arrests have declined after Illinois decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2016, prior disparities in arrests still remain. Researchers found that African Americans were ten times more likely to be arrested than white folks. The imbalance was even more pronounced in…


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