Smoke pot?

ACLU says blacks who use marijuana four times more likely to be arrested for it than whites who do. Tell us what you think.
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Jun 5, 2013

A report released by the American Civil Liberties Union says blacks who use marijuana are nearly four times more likely to be arrested than whites who smoke pot. 

Click here to read the report, which highlights the following areas of concern:

OVER-POLICING

Between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million pot arrests in the U.S. That’s one bust every 37 seconds and hundreds of thousands ensnared in the criminal justice system.

WASTED TIME AND MONEY
Enforcing marijuana laws costs us about $3.6 billion a year, yet the War on Marijuana has failed to diminish the use or availability of marijuana.

STAGGERING RACIAL BIAS
Marijuana use is roughly equal among Blacks and whites, yet Blacks are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.

Get the report, The War on Marijuana in Black and White, and tell us what you think by commenting below. 

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Comments

luvblues2

Screw your racism posts just tryin' to stir crap in a pee pot comments. Leave it be. There is no call for this.

And yes, marijuana should be legal. That's a no brainer.

S w Rand 2016

Senator Rand Paul has also spoken about this very topic --- that minorities are disproportionately affected by the drug war. And that getting rid of federal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders would be a huge help in changing this.
He also made the point that Bush Jr. and Obama were given a pass on their previous drug issues and they went on to become president. And that they wouldn't have been able to become president if they were subject to federal mandatory minimums.

The senator is not suggesting that we legalize drugs. He is, however, suggesting that we should think about how much taxpayer money we are willing to spend on housing and feeding non-violent drug offenders. And how much of it is even helping, if at all.
I believe he falls into the camp of those who wish to change the law so that you can only be charged with a drug offense as an additional charge to some other crime. Example: You could be charged with a drug violation in addition to driving under the influence but you could not be charged solely for being intoxicated.

I may edit this later with more info (I just wanted first comment on this one :)

Contango

Re: "Bush Jr. and Obama were given a pass on their previous drug issues,"

Historic day: SOTU 1995

Gingrich, Gore & Clinton - all admitted pot users on the dais together.

Really are you ...

Clinton smoked marijuana, but he didn't inhale.

Contango

Re: "Clinton smoked marijuana, but he didn't inhale."

LOL

1. Ain't physically possible.

2. And we know that Mr. Clinton ALWAYS told the truth. :)

Rumors of cocaine use also - see brother Roger.

shucks

George Bush was an alcoholic, smoked dope , did cocaine, and lied.
Now what?

Contango

Kinda like President "Choom Gang" huh?

shucks

You kinda identify with G.W., huh?

shucks

i·den·ti·fy
2.consider as same: to consider two or more things as being entirely or essentially the same.

Centauri

http://theweek.com/article/index...
"While Obama was attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, a freshman drank too much and threw up all over a couch in the future president's dorm hall. "In the manner of pallbearers hoisting a coffin," Obama and his dormmates carried the couch outside — drunk freshman asleep on it — to dry. According to Maraniss, Obama's dorm also sponsored what were called the Annex Olympics; events included wrestling in underwear, lighting farts on fire, and smoking pot from a three-foot crimson bong."

shucks

And soooo? Are you the perfect little mama's boy?

The Big Dog's back

Rand is like ted nugent, naturally screwed up. They don't need drugs.

Contango

“I was thinking more like a registered maroon.”

- The Big Dog's back, 6/2/13

Says it ALL. :)

Contango

During Prohibition, the manufacturing and transporting of alcohol could result in arrest. The mere drinking of alcohol usually did not.

The arrest and conviction of ANY drug user is an expensive waste of time and money for our judicial system.

Like Portugal, usage should be handled as a medical issue, not as a civil or criminal one.

To paraphrase Peter Tosh: Decriminalize it.

http://www.cato.org/publications...

WiseManOnceSaid

Couldn't agree more. Follow Portugal's lead on this issue. Legalize it to get rid of a black market. Treat addiction as a medical issue not a crime. Sooner or later we need to learn that we will not win a war on drugs no matter how much money or DEA you throw at it.

tired of stupidy

they start with grass as a escape from the real world then progress to something else then they start smoking there sssht and driving and end up killing loved ones and they live it should be a federal offence

happyfeet64

IDK- I'd want to check the facts on pot smoking and driving/vehicular homicide. When I smoked, all I ever wanted to do was sit on the couch,watch cartoons with the sound off and music on and go to the kitchen!LOL

WiseManOnceSaid

By that slippery slop argument doesn't it start with alcohol and tobacco. Most people try those "substances" before drugs.

SamAdams

Not true. The study that "proved" marijuana is a so-called "gateway drug" used inappropriate methodology and analysis. Using the IDENTICAL technique, I could "prove" that going to church causes you to commit murder, or that eating whole wheat bread gives you cancer. Here's how it works:

Go and interview a bunch of convicted murderers. Ask them all if they've ever gone to church. The vast majority will say they have. See? Going to church makes it more likely you'll commit murder!

Go and interview a bunch of people undergoing cancer treatment. Ask them all if they've ever eaten whole wheat bread. Since most have, you can conclude eating whole wheat bread causes cancer, right?

Here's how that "marijuana is a gateway drug" study was conducted:

The researchers went to a bunch of drug users. They asked each of them, "Have you ever smoked marijuana?" Unsurprisingly, most said that they had. SEE how that works? What they SHOULD have done was follow a good-sized sample population that smoked marijuana and followed up for YEARS to see if any of them "graduated" to heroin. But gosh, those conclusions might be valid, and oh, my, that'd be too much work!

nonconformist

You could not be more misinformed. If you ask me, alcohol is the gateway drug from h@ll. At least when people smoke, you are still in control of your thoughts and actions. It has extensive medical benefits, a more "green" way of making paper and other products, and it actually increases thought processes (not destroy them like alcohol and other chemical drugs). But leave it to the government to legalize a substance that is killing people, addicting people (you can throw cigarettes in there too) and make millions off of it. The healthcare industry and the criminal courts make too much money off of alcohol to make pot legal. Of course, CA, CO, and WA are beginning to see how economically beneficial it can really be.

SHAN271

What about alcohol??? There are more casualties in this country from people drinking and driving rather than smoking and driving. If anything should be banned it should be the use or limit of alcohol one should be able to purchase. Of course, there are the people that do stupid things but really weed being the fault of it??? I say legalize it, weed is used not only as a recreation but has been used to help and treat all different kinds of diseases.

grandmasgirl

Smoking pot or drinking alcohol is your choice. However, if it is illegal, then it is a crime. Many people have had to change their lifestyle or go on without a loved one because someone chose to drive and drink. People have had their homes broken into or their lives taken because you HAD to do drugs and couldn't support your habit with a job. When you make something your priority you will find a way to get it.

Nemesis

What's your point?

grandmasgirl

My point is that all vices are choices made by a person. Be it drugs, drink, morals, etc. When you make that choice you not only make it for yourself, but for your family, friends, or the innocent person who gets in your way. I know the story is about more blacks being arrested than white's, but no matter the color, if you do it, be responsible for it. I hope you understand this post, but if you don't,,,,that's ok.

nonconformist

You are correct that people make choices. However, I can't agree that our choices affect every person around us. Alcohol, drugs, sex, whatever your poison, are fine taken in moderation. Sorry but weed isn't hurting anybody. And, going off of your comments, even if someone is smoking it up day in and day out (which I would never suggest), the worst they are doing is NOTHING. Literally. They aren't out driving around town, beating up their girlfriends, or harming innocent people.

grandmasgirl

I think we both agree. However, what I am saying is that pot is illegal. Just like driving 90 miles an hour. Just because you can do it, doesn't make it right. If you get caught, then you have to pay. Some of my best friends have smoked pot. BUT, I still contend that every decision you make affects the people who care for you.If my child got arrested because of smoking pot, then I would be hurt. If my child was killed or hurt because someone chose to drive drunk, that would affect me. Hope you understand what I am saying.

JMOP

Could be because they had pot on them while getting busted for another crime? Just a thought

Nemesis

BINGO - or it could be they have more encounters with police.

Julie R.

I believe it. I'm not black but I personally think blacks get harsher sentences than whites do for similar crimes.

dire wolf

on what basis do you make that assumption? i'm not saying you are right or wrong, i just don't understand how you can assume that.

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