Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has released a new report on arrests and incarceration for marijuana possession. The findings are startling– in light of new research showing multiple medical uses for marijuana, the increased number of states with medical marijuana, legalization of marijuana in two states, and widespread usage of marijuana by millions of Americans.
Here are a few of the high points:
From the Huffington Post:
“The war on marijuana has disproportionately been a war on people of color,” Edwards said in the [ACLU] release. “State and local governments have aggressively enforced marijuana laws selectively against Black people and communities, needlessly ensnaring hundreds of thousands of people in the criminal justice system at tremendous human and financial cost.”…
The ACLU is calling “for states to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana.”