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It’s Black And White: The Social Justice Case For Legalizing Marijuana

This Article addresses some of the underlying Social Justice issues in Massachusetts in 2016 when the state was preparing for a vote on Cannabis Legalization.

Rose writes: “‘…criminalizing marijuana disproportionately hurts poor people and folks of color. Black people are more than three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites, even though rates of marijuana use are the same across race. Recent data from the Boston Police Department show that hundreds of people in Boston’s neighborhoods of color are disproportionately stopped by the police for marijuana, while their white suburban neighbors who consume at the same rate do so without concern. Indeed, since voters approved decriminalization of an ounce or less in 2008, racial disparities in marijuana arrests have increased in Massachusetts. Legalization will reduce those disparities.”

Will legalization reduced the disparities or create an even greater barrier to entry? Read More here:

https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2016/11/02/yes-on-question-4-legalize-marijuana-carol-rose

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