Texas a leader in cannabis arrests
According to a report recently published by the ACLU, Texas is among the nation’s leaders in cannabis possession arrests. The report also found that possession laws are disproportionately enforced against blacks.
Texas had the second most total arrests for marijuana possession in 2010 (74,286) and the country’s 15th highest arrest rate for marijuana possession (295 per 100,000) in 2010. Harris County had the fifth most arrests for possession of any county in the country, and Kleberg County had the second highest arrest rate nationwide (1,294 per 100,000).
Blacks were arrested at more than twice the rate of whites, even though usages rates are about equal.
Van Zandt County had the nation’s largest racial disparity in marijuana possession arrest rates, and Cooke County had the fourth largest rate; blacks were more than 34 times and nearly 25 times more likely to be arrested than whites, respectively.
Drug prohibition often targets blacks more than any other race, no matter where you look at the statistics.
Many believe that law enforcement resources could be much better spent on more serious offenses. As it stands, more than 400,000 rape kits are untested due to budget shortages, all while more and more money is poured into a failed war on drugs.
By: Stephen Carter
Stephen can be reached by email at TXCann@gmail.com