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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
Anaheim Erupts After Off-Duty Cop Shoots at Students Thursday Feb 23rd 11:54 PM
CalPERS joins investors urging banks to address Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's concerns Thursday Feb 23rd 9:29 AM
New Western Monarch and Milkweed Website Launched Wednesday Feb 22nd 4:39 PM
Highly Militarized ICE Raids on California's Central Coast (3 comments) Wednesday Feb 15th 5:56 PM
California Shrugs Off Deadline for Shutting Down Illegal Oil Industry Injections (1 comment) Wednesday Feb 15th 2:44 PM
Trump Administration Waives Water-protection Rule for Three California Oilfields (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 14th 7:04 PM
Oroville Dam fiasco is a wake up call exposing absurdity of Delta Tunnels (1 comment) Tuesday Feb 14th 2:07 PM
Lake Oroville surges over emergency spillway for first time in history (5 comments) Saturday Feb 11th 2:24 PM
Monarch Butterfly Population Drops by Nearly One-third Friday Feb 10th 3:26 PM
Number of Monarchs Overwintering in California Remains Low Wednesday Feb 8th 6:35 PMMore Local News...
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Trump Administration's Plan to Use 100,000 National Guard Troops as Deportation Force Saturday Feb 18th 12:22 AM
For Immediate Release: Scholars' Response to Travel Ban Sunday Feb 5th 6:36 PM
100 Days of Resistance Sunday Jan 29th 11:41 PM
On Final Day, Obama Administration Phases out Lead Ammo From National Wildlife Refuges Monday Jan 23rd 7:03 PM
Nuclear Shutdown News December 2016 Wednesday Jan 4th 10:35 PM
Jane Fonda Divests From Wells Fargo Tuesday Jan 3rd 7:44 PM
Petition Seeks Ban on Import of Invasive Bullfrogs Into California (1 comment) Monday Dec 12th 2:48 PM
Oil Company Applies for First New Offshore Fracking Permit in California Thursday Dec 8th 5:09 PM
Report highlights 17 bad actors waging aggressive anti-solar campaigns Tuesday Dec 6th 2:08 PM
Appeal Challenges Nestlé's Unrestricted Water Siphoning From San Bernardino National Forest Saturday Nov 19th 4:43 PMMore Global News...
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Art of War : Executive Order Saturday Feb 18th 11:06 PM
JBLM Force Protection Division Message to the American People "Go F*ck Yourself" Saturday Jan 21st 8:14 AM
UAW2865 UCB Workers Discuss J20 Mass Walk-Out and Trump Government Friday Jan 20th 11:19 AM
Value Human Life Bill (1 comment) Monday Jan 16th 10:15 PM
5-4-3-2-1-Revolution (1 comment) Friday Jan 13th 1:03 AM
KPFK Sonali Kolhatkar "Uprising"Does Damage Control For Corporatist/Privatizer SEIU Stern (1 comment) Thursday Jan 12th 1:41 PM
2016 Stockton Kwanzaa Nia Celebration ~ Taft Community Center (1 comment) Thursday Dec 29th 3:44 PM
Plastics BAN list report identifies most harmful plastic products and alternatives in CA Tuesday Dec 6th 2:14 PM
Collected Anti-Trump chants (2 comments) Thursday Nov 10th 8:31 AM
Prop 64 Has Passed: Now What? "Track and Trace" May Become Widespread Wednesday Nov 9th 3:29 PMOpen Newswire...
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