May 04, 2005

Puff puff... pass me some jail time

Check out this new article from the Washington Post that shows that law enforcement is clearly discriminating when it comes to drug arrests:
The focus of the drug war in the United States has shifted significantly over the past decade from hard drugs to marijuana, which now accounts for nearly half of all drug arrests nationwide, according to an analysis of federal crime statistics released yesterday.


The study ... found that arrests for marijuana account for nearly all of the increase in drug arrests seen during the 1990s. The report also found that one in four people in state prisons for marijuana offenses can be classified as a "low-level offender," and it estimated that $4 billion a year is spent on arresting and prosecuting marijuana crimes.

In addition, the study showed that although African Americans make up 14 percent of marijuana users generally, they account for nearly a third of all marijuana arrests.

No more chasing after the expensive drugs that only the elite can afford and consume. How about sticking it to druggie Rush Limbaugh instead of the nickel-bag tokin' folks from around the block?

"Incarceration without rehabilitation really don't mean shit"
- Big Boi (Outkast) on Reset
from the album Speaker Box / The Love Below



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