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Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Racial Injustice Persists in Marijuana Enforcement
Wed Jun 1 2016 (Updated 06/02/16)Marijuana Infractions Unfairly Enforced Against People of Color in California
New data analyses conducted by the Drug Policy Alliance and ACLU of California find that racial disparities in marijuana policing have persisted, following the reduction of low-level marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction in 2011. Possession of under an ounce of marijuana is punishable in California by a base fine up to $100, plus substantial fees.
Despite marijuana usage rates being similar across racial and ethnic lines, data provided by the Los Angeles and Fresno Police Departments show that black and Latino people in those cities were issued marijuana possession citations at higher rates than white people in the years immediately following the penalty change from misdemeanor to infraction. The data also reveal that marijuana possession enforcement falls mostly on young people. In both cities, the majority of infractions were issued to persons 29 years of age and younger.
In November 2016, Californians will have the chance to vote for the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA). Voting for the AUMA will not only regulate the marijuana industry in the state but will also remove marijuana possession penalties both prospectively and retroactively for adults.
See Also: Pathways Report: Policy Options for Regulating Marijuana in California
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2017 California State Capitol Kwanzaa Celebration Wednesday Nov 22nd 3:03 PM
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Jerry Brown tells indigenous protesters in Bonn, 'Let's put you in the ground' (2 comments) Saturday Nov 11th 5:50 PMMore Local News...
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Insure the Human Right to Health Friday Aug 4th 1:21 AMMore Global News...
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What DACA is Doing To Families Tuesday Dec 5th 9:15 PM
Fortress Bay Area - The Center Cannot Hold (1 comment) Monday Dec 4th 5:45 PM
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2017 African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act Tuesday Sep 12th 12:29 PM
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African New Year's Day ~ Sacred Summer Solstice Celebration (1 comment) Tuesday May 23rd 2:04 PMOpen Newswire...
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