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Washington Takes Down Controversial Anti-pot Billboard Aimed at Hispanics

Washington Takes Down Controversial Anti-pot Billboard Aimed at Hispanics

Washington Takes Down Controversial Anti-pot Billboard Aimed at Hispanics

In Washington, a billboard aimed at dissuading teenagers and young adults from using marijuana has caused controversy over what some critics characterize as a racially insensitive move.

86 Percent of NYPD Marijuana Possession Arrests Affect Black and Latino New Yorkers

86 Percent of NYPD Marijuana Possession Arrests Affect Black and Latino New Yorkers

On July 11, 2017, the Drug Policy Alliance announced that a report it had commissioned by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project had been released, revealing that marijuana possession arrests under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure are marked by a high rate of racial disparity.

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Tale of Two New Yorks Endures under de Blasio as NYPD Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrests

NEW YORK, July 11, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — A new report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance, shows that marijuana possession arrests under Mayor de Blasio continue to be marked by extremely high racial disparities, as was the case under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations.

Virginia Marijuana Arrests Continue to Hit Black Communities

Virginia Marijuana Arrests Continue to Hit Black Communities

When it comes to marijuana enforcement, it’s no secret that racial disparities persist even though black and white communities use marijuana at similar rates. The most recent reminder of this comes from the Old Dominion State, where Virginia marijuana arrests continue to disproportionately affect black communities.

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Drug Policy Groups Respond to Choice of Sessions for Attorney General

The Drug Policy Alliance and the Marijuana Policy Project have responded to President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Senator Jeff Sessions for U.S. attorney general. Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said Sessions is a “drug war dinosaur” and “the last thing the nation needs now.”

Maryland medical marijuana panel illegally ignored race of applicants

MD Medical Marijuana Panel Illegally Ignored Race of Applicants

Alternative Medicine Maryland’s lawsuit is the second legal challenge seeking to overturn the commission’s preliminary decision in August on which 15 companies will grow the drug.

California

Report Shows Racial Disparities in Enforcement of California Pot Infractions

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.

Virginia

Marijuana Arrests in Virginia Skyrocket, Especially in Black Communities

The Commonwealth of Virginia is rich in history, home to beautiful beaches, rich mountain ranges, and some of the most regressive drug policies in the entire United States, according to a new report authored by Shenandoah University professor and researcher Jon Gettman and published by the Drug Policy Alliance. The report showed a consistent increase in both arrests and racial disparity.

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Proposed Illinois Cannabis Bill Cracks Down on Racial Disparity

A proposed Illinois bill currently in the Senate would amend the state’s Cannabis Control Act, reducing penalties for small amounts of cannabis. And the act just might be the change Illinois needs to address racial disparities in arrests and incarceration.


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