Report: Racial Disparities In Arrests Persist With Legal Marijuana

Even after legalization, blacks are more than twice as likely as whites to be charged with public use of marijuana.

COLORADO:  The legalization of marijuana in Colorado hasn’t solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end, with blacks still far more likely than whites to be charged with pot-related crimes, a new report says. The report, issued Wednesday by the pro-legalization Drug Policy Alliance, showed that marijuana arrests in Colorado Read the full article…

Report: Madison WI Pot Arrests Higher For Blacks

“The crusade on marijuana has been a palpable failure; an abject failure,” he said. “So let’s acknowledge the failure for what it is, and rededicate ourselves to … a better way to deal with people who have addictions.”

WISCONSIN:  Police in Madison arrest or cite blacks for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate they punish whites, according to data analyzed by the Wisconsin State Journal. The State Journal examined 18 months of police drug arrests for its report Sunday. The newspaper said the disparity comes despite national surveys that show blacks Read the full article…

Black Entrepreneurs Being Left Out Of Medical Marijuana Boom

A Canadian company has bought a business center in Washington State with plans to lease the space to licensed marijuana growers and processors.

FLORIDA:  There’s big money being made in the marijuana legalization movement. But African Americans are still getting screwed when it comes to pot. In fact, black people are being squeezed out of the marijuana game. Even the New York Times, in an op-ed column calling for an end to America’s pot ban, admitted that marijuana laws Read the full article…

VIRAL WEB HOAX STORY OF THE WEEK: Colorado Governor Set To Release Those Convicted On Marijuana Related Charges, Expunge Records

In Colorado alone, more than 10,000 people were arrested annually for marijuana possession according to a recent study by researchers with the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, a drug policy-reform group.

HOAX ALERT: While we wish it were true, this trending web story is not true. REPEAT: THIS STORY IS A HOAX: COLORADO:  With the passage of Amendment 64, Colorado residents proved themselves to be forward thinking, but while residents of the state are busy enjoying their newfound freedoms, little has been done for those serving time on Read the full article…

Sanity On Pot And Stop-And-Frisk

Holder’s decision, and the reaction to it, suggests the changing political reality around marijuana

NEW YORK: Two of the big legal stories of the past few weeks seem, on the surface, to have almost nothing to do with one another. Attorney General Eric Holder gave a tentative acquiescence to the marijuana-legalization programs in the states of Colorado and Washington. A federal judge declared that the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department violated Read the full article…