By Ann Brown
Marijuana legalization happened in 2015 in Washington, D.C., allowing people to smoke weed but not buy or sell it.
While marijuana arrests have dropped by more than half, African Americans still account for almost 90 percent of people arrested on all pot-related charges, according to a Washington Post analysis of police records. Black residents make up 45 percent of the city’s population.
D.C. voters approved Initiative 71 in 2014 — a ballot measure that allowed possession of up to two ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older. The initiative also allowed adults to gift up to one ounce of weed to other adults and for the home cultivation of up to six cannabis plants.
Studies show that show marijuana use is equally prevalent among Black people and white, but police in D.C. are much more likely to arrest Black people for marijuana-related offenses, High Times reported.
Prior to legalization, Black people comprised about 89 percent of 8,092 pot-related arrests from 2012 to 2014, the Post’s analysis reported.
Following legalization, there were 3,631 marijuana arrests between 2015 and 2019. Eighty-nine percent of those arrested were Black Click here to read entire article