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Minneapolis police halt arrests after findings of racial disparities in marijuana stings

By Nigel Roberts,

Some cities are finally acknowledging the huge racial disparities in low-level marijuana arrests and promising changes.

About 61 percent of Americans say marijuana should be legalized, a sentiment that has increased steady in recent years, according to the Pew Research Center. However, that changing attitude hasn’t stopped the police from disproportionately targeting Black and Brown people for marijuana arrests.

Marijuana use is roughly equal among Blacks and Whites, yet Blacks are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. A marijuana bust could have a damaging impact lives, including causing people to lose their housing and preventing them getting a job.


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