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Minorities, punished most by war on drugs, underrepresented in legal pot

Minorities, punished most by war on drugs, underrepresented in legal pot

 | July 1, 2016

Bainbridge Island author Bruce Barcott was set to vote against legal pot in 2012. A middle-aged dad, he worried about kids and wasn’t that fond of pot’s skunky smell.

Then a friend poked him in the chest and said Initiative 502 was about more than whether the Malbec-sipping Barcott liked weed. This was about the injustice of the war on drugs; nearly four blacks arrested for every white for pot possession, although the two groups consume at similar rates.

Barcott saw legal marijuana as social justice. He not only voted for it. He wrote a book about legalization in Colorado and Washington, peppered with tales of racism in pot prohibition.

Minorities, punished most by war on drugs, underrepresented in legal pot






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