10 Things You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in America

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  • Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests
  • Who’s Using Marijuana?
  • Marijuana Arrests Make Up More Than Half of Drug Arrests
  • One Marijuana Arrest Every 37 Seconds
  • More Marijuana Arrests Than Violent Crime Arrests
  • Marijuana Use Is Equal Among Blacks and Whites
  • States Spent More Than $3.6 billion on Marijuana Enforcement Laws
  • D.C., New York and Maryland Spend the Most on Arrests
  • Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrests Have Increased
  • Increased Enforcement Correlates With More Marijuana Use

Racial Disparities in Marijuana Arrests

African-Americans and whites are using marijuana at the same rate, but Blacks are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for possessing it. Police receive thousands of tax dollars yearly for these arrests, revealing a troubling numbers game. The American Civil Liberties Union breaks down these disparities in a new study, The War On Marijuana In Black and White. — Natelege Whaley

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