In Nevada, Black people are 3x as likely to get arrested for it than white people. That number is 4x in Massachusetts and 6.1x in Vermont. And in Nevada? 7.5x!
In New York, pre-legalization, it was 2.6x. And 9 out of 10 arrests were for possession – not selling.
Marijuana legalization is a huge step that's been in the works for years and was made possible by local advocates and community members. But, the fight isn't over. People are still imprisoned for a "crime" that's no longer illegal. Our people in possession of it are still criminalized, and it's still not legal at the federal level. We have to keep challenging this system if we want all our people to be free.