More Young Whites Smoke Pot, but 86% of NYC Arrests Are of Blacks and Latinos

Depressing, but not surprising:

There have been about 350,000 arrests for marijuana possession since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office in 2002, the policy alliance said.

Seventy percent of those arrested are younger than 30, and 86 percent are black or Latino, even though, according to the Drug Policy Group, “young whites use marijuana at higher rates.

And, of course, this discriminatory enforcement is not a coincidence; it’s what allows draconian drug laws to stay in the books. In theory, this where courts should intervene. In practice, the same Supreme Court that is very concerned about the “discrimination” inherent in local school boards voluntarily desegregating couldn’t care less about the actual invidious discrimination of the War on Drugs.

Lawyers, Guns and Money / By Scott Lemieux | Sourced from

Posted at February 11, 2011, 11:14am

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