Just finished watching “The Grass is Greener.” It is an outstanding documentary on the history of the War on Drugs - which was actually a war on people - people of color. Blacks and Latinos have paid a heavy price because of this plant during the past four decades of the War on Drugs.
Think about these stats. According to the ACLU’s original analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana. Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.
To add insult to injury, whites outnumber blacks 5 to 1 so these numbers are not only disproportionate - they are outrageous. But wait, it gets worse. While black men in particular continue to languish behind bars for this plant, white guys are riding the wave of the green rush to record level profits. Over 80% of the industry is owned by white people and most of them are men. (In places like Colorado that number is closer to 99%).
It is inequitable.
It is unethical.
It is immoral.
And it’s just plain wrong.
Watch this video and go old school with Fab Five Freddy to learn about the need for a new approach to drug enforcement, a new narrative about cannabis and a new possibility called - cannabis social equity.