In many states where marijuana is now "legal," marijuana related arrests of African Americans & Latinos have actually INCREASED - dramatically in many instances.
What we're seeing is that racism is deeply baked even into these new "reforms."
The more I dug, the more disturbed I got.
Recreational marijuana use is now "legal" in 9 states + DC.
Another 14 states have "decriminalized" recreational marijuana use.
29 states have now legalized varying forms of medical marijuana.
That seems like a lot more progress than it truly is....
Arrests for simple marijuana possession in NYC actually went up by 9 percent from 2015 to 2016.
It is. For white people.
African Americans & Latinos are arrested daily all over New York for it.
White people are literally establishing generational wealth off of the industry while millions of Black are still going through the criminal justice system for it.