NYPD officials acknowledged a “troubling” racial gap in people they’re arresting for marijuana — but defended their enforcement efforts, saying they’re responding to residents complaining about people smoking pot.
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2017 /Weed Wire/ —The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) firmly rejected a recent memorandum by Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoking Obama Administration policy that directed US Attorneys not to focus scarce law enforcement resources in prosecuting low-level cannabis offenders in states where it has become legal for either medical or recreational use.
In California, blacks and Latinos are more likely to be charged with marijuana infractions despite similar usage rates as whites. In a press release about the new report, the Drug Policy Alliance said “racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted,” despite the 2011 change in California law that reduced penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.