Washington D.C. is pushing to decriminalize pot possession, for people found with 1 ounce of marijuana. Def a step in the right direction! While their medicinal efforts have been slow the fast track for decriminalization is being supported by many and moving quickly.
The motivation behind this initiative is the high rate of youth being locked up for small possession. Studies reported by the American Civil Liberties Union found “Blacks were eight times more likely to be arrested than whites in the district in 2010.”
Yahoo! News reports:
The new sense of urgency has been fueled in part by two studies released this year that found large racial disparities in marijuana arrests in the city. Blacks were eight times more likely to be arrested than whites in the district in 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union found, and 91 percent of those arrested that year were black. About half of the city’s 632,000 residents are African-American.
With half of the cities population being African American it would be a step in the right direction in remedying harsh penalties on small possession in an African American community that already feels targeted.
Is Obama going to address this issue before he gets out of the Whitehouse? What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments!