Despite legalization, people of color still disproportionately targeted for marijuana, new studies say

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Marijuana legalization has been touted as one way to unravel the consequences of the war on drugs, but two new studies suggest that the communities most harmed by the nearly 50-year crusade — namely people of color — are not reaping the benefits. They also analyzed data from Colorado and Washington, specifically, to gauge the effects of cannabis legalization. The ACLU report’s authors not only championed legalization, but called for wide-ranging reform that centers on racial justice and social equity. However, black individuals were 1.5 times more likely to be arrested for possession than white individuals, the ACLU found. The analysis found that police were less likely to conduct searches for contraband during traffic stops in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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Marijuana legalization has been touted as one way to unravel the consequences of the war on drugs, but two new studies suggest that the communities most harmed by the nearly 50-year crusade — namely people of color — are not reaping the benefits.

Two reports, published by the American...

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