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Impact of war on drugs on minorities reveals hypocrisy, racism of legalized marijuana industry

Before white people can cash in on legal weed, Wisconsin needs to provide reparations for black communities

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Impact of war on drugs on minorities reveals hypocrisy, racism of legalized marijuana industry By Julia O’Donnell — To put it bluntly, the history of marijuana law enforcement in Wisconsin is shameful. In 2013, African Americans in Wisconsin were almost six times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession. Wisconsin has the fifth highest racial disparity in marijuana arrests nationwide, and this glaring inequality increased by 153 percent during…

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Dave Warden, a bud tender at Private Organic Therapy (P.O.T.), a non-profit co-operative medical marijuana dispensary, displays various types of marijuana available to patients on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

San Francisco Shows Nation Way Forward by Throwing Out Old Marijuana Convictions

By News & Current Affairs

“While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards, San Francisco is once again taking the lead to undo the damage that this country’s disastrous, failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular.” By Jake Johnson, Common Dreams — Just weeks after a California measure legalizing the use of recreational marijuana went into effect, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced on Wednesday that…

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Amid An Industry Boom, Incarceration For Weed Still Threatens Black Women

By News & Current Affairs

By Ja’han Jones — Nija Guider, 21, spent three days in a Georgia jail ― locked away from her infant son ― because she attended a party where marijuana was present. Meanwhile, in states across the country, businesses, many run and funded by wealthy white men, stand to make millions of dollars selling the federally illegal substance. It is easy, amid the fog of flippant news coverage and caricatured weed…

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Women Are Leading The Charge For Racial Justice In Legal Weed

Women Are Leading The Charge For Racial Justice In Legal Weed

By News & Current Affairs

By Amanda Duberman — Nina Parks bought a VIP ticket for her first cannabis business conference in early 2015. “It was so expensive, I thought, I don’t even know how I’m going to pay for this,” she said, but she was new to the industry and hoped the meet-and-greet would offer networking opportunities with like-minded owners and operators in the growing medicinal market. “I walked into that room, and I…

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California Just Might Declare Itself a 'Sanctuary State' for Legal Weed

California Just Might Declare Itself a ‘Sanctuary State’ for Legal Weed

By News & Current Affairs

A bill in Sacramento would bar state and local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with the feds on pot busts. By Nick Cahill, Courthouse News — SACRAMENTO (CN) — A California lawmaker is aiming to protect the state’s budding marijuana industry by barring law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal drug agencies on pot busts. Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, D-Los Angeles, says his bill “protects the will of California voters,” who…

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Marijuana Arrest Capital, NYC Police Focus On Black People

Marijuana Arrest Capital, NYC Police Focus On Black People

By News & Current Affairs

By Phillip Smith, www.alternet.org Last month, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report noting that marijuana arrests under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continue to be marked by shocking racial disparities, much as they were under his predecessors, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Stung by the criticism, de Blasio is fighting back, but his response so far has consisted of attacking DPA as “legalizers” and comparing apples to…

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War on Marijuana and Disparate Policing Communities of Color Must End

War on Marijuana and Disparate Policing Communities of Color Must End

By Commentaries/Opinions

The harm that biased marijuana enforcement has on Black, Latino, and low-income communities is real. By Cat Packer, Drug Policy Alliance I went into law school thinking that I wanted to be a civil rights attorney. As a black queer woman, I understood many of the social injustices experienced by marginalized communities and wanted to use my law degree to fight the many systems of oppression that plagued and terrorized…

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Jeff Sessions is leading America back into Reefer Madness

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

By Jamie Peck / The Guardian Once upon a time, the 1936 film ‘Reefer Madness’ attempted to spread sensationalistic messages about marijuana to youths across the land. Just one toke, the film admonished, and you could be setting off down the primrose path to murder, hallucinations, rape, suicide, and yes, the titular madness. Yikes! Luckily for fans of the plant, we now know the worst effects of marijuana are smoker’s…

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Danny Glover Urges Support for California Prop 64

By News & Current Affairs

Dr. Ron Daniels, National Coordinator for the Institute of the Black World 21st Century’s Drug Policy Reform Initiative (IBWDPI) announced today that world renowned Actor, Humanitarian and Human Rights Activist Danny Glover has issued a Statement in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) which appears as Proposition 64 on the ballot, November 8th in California.  Mr. Glover’s Statement appears below. From Danny Glover This November, there are many important reasons…

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Jay Z and Snoop Dogg Do Powerful Videos Slamming Drug War

By News & Current Affairs

By Tony Newman /  AlterNet   Photo Credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com For years hip-hop artists have rapped about drug use, the drug trade and the drug war. And now, we are seeing some of the biggest stars use their influence to deal a blow to our country’s racist drug war. Two weeks ago, Jay Z  teamed up with acclaimed artist Molly Crabapple on a striking animated video, launched in the New York Times, that…

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Black scholar tells why drug reform includes legalizing and regulating marijuana

By News & Current Affairs

By Charlene Muhammad (Contributing Writer) Dr. Ron Daniels Reform drug laws, by decriminalizing, legalizing, and regulating marijuana, Dr. Ron Daniels, veteran social and political activist, advocated during an intimate lunch at the National Association of Black Social Workers Los Angeles Chapter on April 21. Dr. Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), was hosted by Greg Akili of the Los Angeles Black Worker Center and…

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The Failed Promise of Legal Pot

By News & Current Affairs

By Tom James New laws on marijuana were supposed to boost tax revenues and free up cops to go after “real” criminals. But underground sales—and arrests—are still thriving. It’s just after four o’clock on a hot Seattle afternoon, and Thomas Terry is standing in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box. Known for fights that end with police sirens and sometimes ambulances, it’s a spot some locals half-jokingly…

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