Mixed Signals: the Administration's Policy on Marijuana, Part Four
June 20, 2014 - June 23, 2014
...– at state level - black people are two to over seven times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than their white counterparts.
And at the federal, Hispanics represent 2/3 of the individuals arrested for marijuana violations,
despite the fact that blacks, Hispanics, and whites all use marijuana at similar rates.
The scientific community has virtually ignored this shameful marijuana-related effect.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse could help remedy this situation by requesting
research applications that focus explicitly on race—for example, trying to understand the
long-term consequences of marijuana arrests on black and Hispanic people, especially as
they relate to disrupting one’s life trajectory.