Admin Sets Out to Smear Marijuana
The Trump administration has reportedly launched a secretive committee to fight the less incriminating press that marijuana use has received recently. BuzzFeed reports that the White House’s Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee met with the Justice, Health and Human Services, and State Departments, among others, on July 27th, and the federal agencies were instructed to submit data demonstrating the “negative” aspects of marijuana use because stories highlighting the positive aspects had become too common. They were also asked to describe how the drug poses a threat to their specific department; highlight “consequences of use, production, and trafficking on national health, safety, and security”; and to identify “issues created by state marijuana initiatives.” The drug war has produced profoundly unequal outcomes across racial groups, manifested through racial discrimination by law enforcement and disproportionate drug war misery suffered by communities of color. Nationwide, some of the most egregious racial disparities can be seen in the cases of African Americans and Latinos. Simple marijuana possession was the fourth most common cause of deportation for any offense in 2013, and the most common cause of deportation for drug law violations. A Quinnipiac University poll in April found that 63% of Americans support legalization and eight states having now legalized its adult recreational use and authorizing systems to sell it like alcohol. White people benefited the most from marijuana legalization, with arrests decreasing by 51% for white people, compared to 33% for Latinos, and 25% for Black people between 2012 and 2014. More here.