Arrests for pot more likely if you are black

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Black people are nearly four times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, even though its use is comparable among blacks and whites.

The American Civil Liberties Union says its analysis of federal crime data on marijuana possession arrest rates shows that 716 per 100,000 blacks were arrested in 2010, compared to 192 whites per 100,000 whites. The report released Tuesday says the rate for black people is about a 33 percent increase over 2001, while the rate for white people has remained the same.

In some states, the arrest rate was about eight times greater for blacks and in some counties, 10 to 30 times greater. The inequities exist nationwide.

The ACLU supports legalizing marijuana and regulating it through taxation and licensing.

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