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Friday, September 20, 2019

"Prez candidate Beto O'Rourke proposes "Drug War Justice Grants" funding by marijuana tax revenues"

Doug Berman at Sentencing Law and Policy excerpts material from an article in The Hill and O'Rourke's campaign website. From the website:

The War on Drugs has been catastrophic for communities of color, and our policy toward marijuana has been particularly egregious. Despite similar rates of use, African-Americans are almost 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people. Yet, a 2017 survey of marijuana business owners in states allowing them found that only 19% identified as non-white. These statistics tell the story of marijuana laws in our country, where certain communities have been subjected to over-policing and criminalization while others are being presented lucrative business opportunities. Beto is committed to rewriting this story and rectifying the harm caused by decades of unjust marijuana policy.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/crimprof_blog/2019/09/prez-candidate-beto-orourke-proposes-drug-war-justice-grants-funding-by-marijuana-tax-revenues.html

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