And it’s not just because of all the states and cities legalizing its use. No, the new Cannabis Law Prof Blog is more about enforcement of the drug laws (particularly the federal ones) still banning its use, sale, etc.
For reasons such as these details from a 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union:
“The report finds that between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million marijuana arrests in the United States, 88% of which were for possession. Marijuana arrests have increased between 2001 and 2010 and now account for over half (52%) of all drug arrests in the United States, and marijuana possession arrests account for nearly half (46%) of all drug arrests.”
Smokers are easy to catch, allowing the drug police plenty of leisure while still making their quotas. And the arrests fall disproportionately on blacks, though their use is about on a par with whites. Maybe more blacks spend more time on the street where the cops can see them toking.
“Such racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests exist in all regions of the country, in counties large and small, urban and rural, wealthy and poor, and with large and small Black populations. Indeed, in over 96% of counties with more than 30,000 people in which at least 2% of the residents are Black, Blacks are arrested at higher rates than whites for marijuana possession.”
That the new blog is edited by a law professor at Texas A&M University is also a plus. Gig ’em, Ags. 😉