Iowa City Leaders Consider Change In Marijuana Arrest Policies

IOWA:  Iowa City officials are considering making a change to the city’s marijuana policing policy.

City councilman Jim Throgmorton says racial disparity in marijuana arrests and the overcrowding at the Johnson County Jail are the reasons behind a possible change.

“I believe we should at least look very carefully whether they should be detained, arrested, incarcerated, etc., simply for possession and use of marijuana,” said Throgmorton. “In part, it has to do with the fact that African-Americans are arrested in disproportionate numbers and incarcerated in disproportionate numbers merely for possession and use of marijuana.”