posted at 1/23/2014 11:23 AM EST
In response to FortySixAndTwo's comment:
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
Glad to hear it.
Only an idiot or an ideologue could try and argue that pot is more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.
Unfortunately, the cultural stigma against pot will remain for quite some time. Meanwhile, the percentage of americans who have tried it will increase, and poor minorities will still be locked up for it disproportionately...
...as the "war on drugs" continues toward its big government goals unabated.
Maybe those poor minorities shouldn't get caught with illegal substances. Just sayin.
The fact that they "shouldn't get caught with illegal substances" does not in any way ratify the racially disproportionate enforcement of the law.
I don't have the link at the moment, but I believe they compared anonymous survey re: current usage of drugs like pot, and they found that whites and blacks of the same economic classes got high at the same rate. But, blacks were 4 times more likely to get arrested.
I find that disgusting.
The cops go after them because they're easy pickings and, since they're poor, less likely to get a top notch attorney (since the top notch attorneys that take indigent cases focus on murder charges - not drug possession), and less likely to have a support system.
Meanwhile upper middle class white kid gets a good lawyer, has big family support, and can tell the judge he'll be going to 'rehab' or whatever. Ok, off you go.
Same thing happened with guns. I recall the first recent reviews of NYC's stop and frisk. Whites were found to have more illegal guns when all the stops were looked at, but they cops still stopped blacks nine times as frequently.
That isn't even counting other minorities.