Drug Policy Alliance: Believe it or not, despite the marijuana law reforms in several states, there are still more arrests for marijuana possession every year than for all violent crimes combined … Sadly, these arrests are largely based on racial prejudice and politics. The first anti-marijuana laws during the 1910s and 20s, were directed at Mexican migrants and Mexican Americans. Artists and performers – especially black jazz musicians – were also common targets. Today, Latino and black communities are still subject to wildly disproportionate marijuana enforcement practices, despite the fact that these groups are no more likely than white people to use or sell marijuana.
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