Another one for those who think that skin colour doesn’t matter in the 21st century.
A selection of WTF figures that defy description but at the same time an article that has to be read in order to get some level of undersatnding of the systematic changes that need to be made ni what is ostensibly a legal state to smoke cannabis
Black people now make up a larger percentage of those arrested by the LAPD for marijuana offenses than before 2018
In 2017, when recreational cannabis was still illegal in California, the Los Angeles Police Department arrested 173 Black people for marijuana-related offenses. The next year, cannabis was legalized, and the LAPD arrested 239 Black people for those offenses. Last year, the number jumped again, to 261.
The climbing numbers of arrests for Black people point to a chronic failure in the way marijuana legalization has played out across Los Angeles.
In 2016, voters in California passed Prop. 64, which made recreational cannabis use legal. It went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The measure drew broad support, particularly from civil rights groups, which noted that Black and Latino communities had endured disproportionately higher arrest rates and stiffer sentences under drug laws. Advocates thought the new law would reverse this troubling trend.
But in the two and a half years since marijuana use was legalized, the opposite has happened. Though overall arrests for marijuana-related offenses have fallen sharply over the past decade, Black people now make up a larger percentage of those being detained.