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How Police and Politicians Profit by Destroying the Lives of Young Black People for Tiny Amounts of Pot

By Commentaries/Opinions, War on the “War on Drugs” Posts

By Harry Levine

“Whites Smoke Pot, but Blacks Are Arrested.” That was the headline of a column by Jim Dwyer, the great Metro desk reporter for The New York Times, in December 2009. Although Dwyer was writing about New York City, he summed up perfectly two central and enduring facts about marijuana use and arrests across the country: whites and blacks use marijuana equally, but the police do not arrest them equally.

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