Blacks Are Singled Out for Marijuana Arrests, Federal Data Suggests

Ian Urbina, New York Times, June 4, 2013

Black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though the two groups used the drug at similar rates, according to new federal data.

This disparity had grown steadily from a decade before, and in some states, including Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, blacks were around eight times as likely to be arrested.

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Advocates for the legalization of marijuana have criticized the Obama administration for having vocally opposed state legalization efforts and for taking a more aggressive approach than the Bush administration in closing medical marijuana dispensaries and prosecuting their owners in some states, especially Montana and California.

The new data, however, offers a more nuanced picture of marijuana enforcement on the state level. Drawn from police records from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the report is the most comprehensive review of marijuana arrests by race and by county and is part of a report being released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union. Much of the data was also independently reviewed for The New York Times by researchers at Stanford University.

“We found that in virtually every county in the country, police have wasted taxpayer money enforcing marijuana laws in a racially biased manner,” said Ezekiel Edwards, the director of the A.C.L.U.’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the lead author of the report.

During President Obama’s first three years in office, the arrest rate for marijuana possession was about 5 percent higher than the average rate under President George W. Bush. And in 2011, marijuana use grew to about 7 percent, up from 6 percent in 2002 among Americans who said that they had used the drug in the past 30 days. {snip}

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Researchers said the growing racial disparities in marijuana arrests were especially striking because they were so consistent even across counties with large or small minority populations.

The A.C.L.U. report said that one possible reason that the racial disparity in arrests remained despite shifting state policies toward the drug is that police practices are slow to change. Federal programs like the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Programc ontinue to provide incentives for racial profiling, the report said, by including arrest numbers in its performance measures when distributing hundreds of millions of dollars to local law enforcement each year.

Phillip Atiba Goff, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that police departments, partly driven by a desire to increase their drug arrest statistics, can concentrate on minority or poorer neighborhoods to meet numerical goals, focusing on low-level offenses that are easier, quicker and cheaper than investigating serious felony crimes.

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  • Puggg

    Black weed smoker is more ostentatious, white weed smoker is more discrete.

    Therefore, cops see black weed smoker and don’t see white weed smoker.

    Also, I wonder how many “possession” arrests are merely proxies for actually dealing. Cops will arrest a dealer for suspicion of both dealing and possession, just to increase the odds that something sticks to his sheet after disposition.

    • The__Bobster

      In Philly, the Bantus do it openly, right on their front porches. Most of the time the cops just drive on by, only stopping when there is a dead body in the middle of the road.

    • r j p

      Blacks in Chicago do it on the streets downtown, no discretion at all.
      I don’t even think tCPD even cites anyone for it anymore.

    • I was going to suggest that the dealing aspect might have a lot to do with the discrepancy. Cops might arrest someone for possession, but they will arrest one for distribution. Additionally, the reason police approach an individual suspect will vary widely from one case to another, but there are patterns of behavior for which blacks are notorious, and these are also well known for attracting police attention.

      • Guest

        “Possession” gives the police an excuse to hold someone they know is guilty of something that they haven’t proven yet.

    • Lila Dennis

      You might want to review footage taken from the 1969 “Woodstock Festival” when you make the assertion that whites are more discrete drug users. BTW, out of the five marijuana dispensaries around me, four are run by whites.

      • Nathanwartooth

        Well yeah, at concerts when people know they can get away with it they will smoke all they want.

        I know from personal experience that every White drug user I knew was discrete and paranoid. To the point where they didn’t want to talk over the phone about it.

        Marijuana dispensaries are legal, at least locally. We know from the statistics that a higher percentage of Whites smoke weed. It would make sense they would run the dispensaries. Plus running them is no joke. There are all sorts of complications and things you need to know to run it. It’s not just selling dime bags on the corner.

        • roger

          and just how valid do you believe these statistics are?

          I’ve never answered a poll truthfully

      • Puggg

        Woodstock was 44 years ago. “Marijuana dispensaries,” in case you’re not being sarcastic and you mean dope houses by that, are crypto-legal outfits.

    • sbuffalonative

      Black weed smoker is more ostentatious, white weed smoker is more discrete.
      Exactly. Whites seem to smoke more discretely, not calling attention to their actions.
      Blacks, by their nature, are ‘in your face’. They call attention to themselves through their actions.
      If blacks quietly sat at home and peacefully enjoyed a joint (do they still them that?) they wouldn’t draw attention to themselves.
      But no. They have their friends pull up in front of their houses blasting rap ‘music’ and yelling out to each other.

      • roger

        actually, the truth is closer to, smarter whites and blacks are more discreet.

        then you get into how many smart whites vs. smart blacks are there?

        my guess is the former outnumbers the latter………

  • a multiracial individual

    I discussed profiling with a police officer once. He said he pulls over everyone who appears to be “in the wrong neighborhood.” He said that every young white male he sees in the hood, he pulls over because he knows that the probability is high he is only there for drugs.

    • Jefferson

      Why else would a White male who is not law enforcement, go to the projects ? To pick up his Black girlfriend ? Hell no. It is extremely rare for a White guy to date a ghetto Black woman.

      When you see a White man with a Black woman, in most cases it is the “White washed” type of Black women who do not act ghetto, like Zoe Saldana for example

      • Guest

        Or Meghan Markle… and yes that’s a Black woman (mixed)

        • r j p

          Second pic definately looks black.
          My guess is the sun hasn’t seen her skin in years.

          • righty tighty

            wrong … no kinky or processed hair … she is white .. white lips .. white nose … white skin …

          • Andrew

            She is Black. Biracial, but Black.

        • PesachPatriot

          There is no way this girl is black….hispanic maybe but she’d be in serious danger if she went for a stroll down MLK boulevard in Miami after dark.

          • Guest
          • Nathanwartooth

            I’ve met people like that before. One of their parents was a quarter or less Black and their other parent was White.

            They hardly have any Black features but it is very rewarding to be able to check that box that says “African american” so they do it.

          • Samuel

            Her mother is 100% Black

          • Guest

            Well she married a white man so the black is mostly bleached out.

          • Sue

            She is still classified as Black.

          • righty tighty

            bullshit

          • roger

            maybe, maybe not

            what makes you so sure? did her mother whisper that in your ear?

          • Samuel

            No. But she was on a talk radio program where she mentioned this fact. If anyone would know about her mother’s ethnic heritage, she would.

          • nobody

            It could happen, I saw some ridiculous stuff on Maury today.

          • Puggg

            You see ridiculous stuff on Maury every day.

            Because most of what’s on Maury is made up.

            For if any small fraction of what was on Maury was true, the cops would have the joint surrounded to make a whole bunch of arrests.

            Seriously, lay off the weed.

          • Wayne

            Actually, she is. he is biracial.

          • Wayne

            I meant “she is biracial.”

    • Friends of mine who live in “occupied” (vibrant) parts of St. Louis fairly often get the fish eye from the SLPD even when driving around in their own neighborhoods. White people who used to live in St. Louis but moved to Texas or Arizona are often given the same fish eye by cops around here when they come back into town driving their own cars with TX or AZ plates, because a border state plate so far inland is assumed to be transporting large quantities of dope.

      • r j p

        Blacks in Chicago with FL and TX plates usually seem up to no good.
        .
        I had to take a rental car back to Midway a few months back. I didn’t know where Archer (a diagonal street) began so I went straight down Mich Ave because I was making great time and then went west on 55th Street (I think). Ended up running into a train track embankment. Saw some white kids playing football (nice day, and yes there are white pockets around Midway) and they righted me and got me to where I was going (I was less than one mile away).
        .
        I asked a cop in the building I worked in a day or two later if I had driven through neighborhoods where I could have been pulled over for being white. “Why didn’t you take Archer? And yes, you were in neighborhoods where you would have been pulled over for being white.”
        .
        Guess that’s why rental cars lock their doors at a certain speed, or is that all cars now?

        • IstvanIN

          Both my cars autolock.

          • Who Me?

            All my cars have autolocked since way back in ’93…. Well, I drive Chevys, lol!

          • IstvanIN

            Neither do I.

  • WowReally

    Simple. Blacks DEAL the drugs which is the real dangerous criminal part. Shootings and robberies occur all the time involving drug dealers. Just using it isn’t bad.

    • Nick Gherz

      Blacks don’t do any drug activity discreetly – it’s all out in the open. Anyone can go into a black neighborhood (at great risk) and purchase dope (or guns or a ho).

      The only criteria: don’t drive up in a marked police cruiser!

      White dealers OTOH, act like dealing dope is “top secret”.
      They act as if they don’t want to be caught.

  • evilsandmich

    Same point that I made over at Salier’s: at least in Ohio it was claimed by various judges that most ‘possession’ convictions were actually plea deals with low level dealers.

    • Puggg

      Obviously I agree, but this story is about arrests, not convictions. What this story doesn’t say, and what I suggested above in my first comment in this thread, is that since a dealer is by definition also a possesser, when a cop arrests someone on suspicion of dealing, they’ll also arrest on possession. What this article doesn’t say, and it wouldn’t, for the political slant of its authors, is how many of these possession arrests for blacks doubled as dealing arrests.

      • Romulus

        You took the words right out of myhead! That is precisely the kind of disinformation the leftist race hustlers engage in with regular frequency across the spectrum. Lies by omission and perpetuating half truths to further their goals.

    • r j p

      What to do after getting caught with 135 pounds of marijuana?
      .
      10 months in prison, it is after all a first offense.

    • The__Bobster

      http://www.vdare.com/posts/disparate-impact-watch-dope-dealing-division

      Okay, let’s point out two obvious aspects that this article is completely oblivious to:

      First, whether or not blacks are more likely to be drug consumers (the notion of racial equality in consumption is based on surveys that ask people if they break the law), blacks are more likely, on average, to be drug dealers. And you are more likely to get arrested for drug possession if you are a dealer than a user.

      That’s why states with particularly law-abiding whites (such as the upper midwest and the District of Columbia) have the highest black to white arrest and imprisonment ratios.

      Second, arresting somebody for marijuana possession is a way for cops to get people they don’t like off the street for a few hours. Fo example, a woman calls 911 to say her boyfriend punched her. The cops show up and she has a black eye, but claims she hit her face on the doorknob. The boyfriend, who is obviously a chronic user, looks like he might hit her again as soon as the cops leave, but she swears she was never hit in the first place. So, the cops pat him down, find his hash pipe and haul him off downtown to cool his heels.

      You can generalize this to the whole No Snitching black drug-dealer culture of the inner cities. Gangstas can intimidate eyewitnesses in their neighborhoods, but they have a hard time intimidating forensic chemists. So, drug possession arrests become a proxy for “serious felony crimes.”

      • dukem1

        Insofar as generalizations go….
        The great hue and cry abroad in our land is that NAMs are “profiled” and thus much more likely to be stopped and frisked…
        Taking this as true, it would stand to reason that our young NAM, being of sound mind, etc., would, at least occasionally, leave his stash at home when he heads out for a night of hanging around the ‘hood. That such a large number does not might leave one to conclude that we are not talking about a particularly intelligent class of people.
        As in: “Hey, the cops are stopping people that look like us.” “Yeah. Wait a second. Where’s my bowl? Got it. Let’s roll.”
        So far as the dealing thing goes…to borrow a phrase from a well-known liberal…ya never know what you’ll get when you drag a dollar bill thru the ghetto.

        • john in Germany

          Never carry more than you can eat.

        • One of my (white) neighbors is a fairly regular reefer smoker, but he only ever does it at home. Therefore, the chance that he’ll be caught somewhere in town with a resinated bong is exactly zero. A few weeks ago, my wife and daughter went to a hen party of sorts with some of Sayaka’s lady friends and their kids, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The same neighbor and I spent the whole afternoon drinking homebrew on his patio. It turns out the same deal about keeping it at home applies to alcohol. It is impossible to get a DUI if your trip home is a 50 feet walk down the sidewalk, and you stay home until the next day!

      • sbuffalonative

        Pot smoking is a nuisance drug offense that cops don’t like to have to deal with.
        If you’re quiet and well-behaved, not drawing attention to yourself, the police could care less.
        It’s their behavior which causes them to be singled out.

  • libertarian1234

    “Blacks Are Singled Out for Marijuana Arrests, Federal Data Suggests”

    Well, the solution to out-of-control blacks in schools is to refrain from disciplining and expelling them, so why not just stop arresting blacks for drug use?

    It amounts to about the same thing.

    Since it will cause even more black addictions to all drugs in general, I’m all for that.

    The government could provide them with free drugs, too, instead of suggesting programs like “midnight basketball,” one of Nancy Pelosi’s brilliant suggestions to stop them from committing late night crimes.

    In fact keeping them happy and high could very well reduce their crime and murder rates outside their own areas.

    Not many of them would opt to go “polar bear” hunting in the malls and white areas
    to beat, rob, maim, and kill whites if they’re juiced up high enough.

    • Tim

      Sounds like a plan. Five drunk guys will start a brawl. Five stoners will start a Tribute Band..

    • Some of the noisier among the Perpetually-Indignant-Americans are already claiming that the government (the CIA at least) is providing them with drugs.

      I wish the CIA would provide me with a chilled 5-L box of Vella “Crisp White”. It would go good with the fish I’m going to cook for dinner tonight.

      • If the CIA gave me crack, I’d flush it down the toilet.

        This whole bit about the CIA running crack, even if it’s true, (and it might well have been true at one time), is nothing more than typical black excuse making.

        • Yes; the natural corollary to the notion of the CIA putting drugs into black neighborhoods is that once the junk is available, blacks simply can not help themselves but use it.

          The last time I was arrested – a warrant that had been issued in error – one of the blacks in the holding tank at intake swore that the police held him down and forced drugs into him. I told him that I wished CSPD would come to my house with vodka and bloody Mary mix; they wouldn’t need to force me any!

  • Alexandra1973

    Then again, blacks are more likely to record their hijinks and post it on some social networking site. Go figure.

    • Adam

      Actually Whites have been know to do this more so.

      • Alexandra1973

        More than blacks? Yeah right.

        Blacks have a tendency to be attention whores. That’s why they have bling, that’s why they have those stupid-looking rims on crappy-looking cars, that’s why they’re loud.

        And you can TAPE them committing a crime and they’ll still deny it.

        That’s the mentality at work here.

  • David Ashton

    “Sex, drugs & rap” says the Miley Cyrus T-shirt.
    Anyway if Soros gets his way dope will be globally legalized and mass-marketed, and its young white users and supporters will be the first victims and our civilization the next.

    • MikeS

      “Sex, drugs, rap, rape & murder” will say the new Miley Cyrus T-shirt.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Alcohol is way more dangerous than weed, infinitely more dangerous.

      If you are alright with Alcohol being legal, then you should be alright with weed becoming legal.

      Religious people should be alright with it, it comes from the ground, a plant that God made.

      Oh and the Obama doesn’t seem to want it legalized at all. Obama has done more raids than Bush ever did. When asked about it, Obama straight up said that we shouldn’t legalize it. There are a ton of people who make money from it being illegal, including big pharmaceutical companies. Don’t think they aren’t giving contributions to keep it illegal federally.

      • PesachPatriot

        Very good point…weed has been legal for almost 15 years in California now and society has not completely collapsed out there. The problem with legalizing on a national level is that there would be a lot less need for jails and corrections officers if people weren’t getting constantly locked up for non-violent drug offenses….if someone wants to smoke weed, drop LSD or eat mushrooms in the privacy of their own home I don’t see why it should be considered a criminal offense against society….I was joking around with one of my friends after the sandy hook incident that if Obama was smart he would legalize weed on the national level because no one has ever smoked 3 or 4 bongloads and then gone and shot up a school.

        • convairXF92

          Careful here. There’s evidence that marijuana can produce a rage syndrome in people carrying the gene(s) for schizophrenia. Gabby Giffords assassination case?

          Zubeidat (mother) and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had both showed some peculiar, sudden-onset behaviors w.r.t. religious activity that were suggestive of schizophrenia. Tamerlan had several verbal outbursts at mosque that were inappropriate and offensive and got him kicked out of the congregation. Tamerlan seemed to have been a heavy dope smoker. Wonder whether the genes/dope combination influenced his later violent activity.

          • PesachPatriot

            I’m no expert but i’m pretty sure a lot more fights and mayhem are fueled by meth, coke, whiskey or vodka than by weed or hash.

          • nobody

            We don’t know if anything they say about that Tamerlan Tsarnaev kid is true. We don’t know if he used any other drugs. Weed doesn’t make you violent, but of course violent people can smoke weed. And I am no tinfoil hat alien conspiracy theorist, but everyone here should know that the mainstream media peddles nothing but lies and propaganda. I have a hard time believing anything they say at all.

          • People prone to bizarre outbursts should leave recreational substances – of any sort – completely alone.

  • joemcgee

    I used to have drink now and then with a NYPD captain (Flushing, Qns.) friend of mine and he told me when somthing happened and they had an ID of a black suspect, they’d pick up the first few black guys they saw in the area. He said they may not have done that particular crime, but chances are, they did something. If not, they’d let the guy go. Most of the time, they got their guy.

  • bigone4u

    They New York Times is full of ****. Reading the comments already posted, I see that Amren readers have the situtation figured out–blacks are dealing, do drugs in public, posting their crimes on the Internet, etc, while whites are discrete. So, the stupid sheeple read the story, and unlike us, believe that the cops, the whole country even, is just a bunch of racists picking on blacks. The Times can go to Hades as far as I’m concerned.

  • Baboon

    Whites quietly smoke at home with friends. Blacks flaunt it and carry it with them everywhere they go.

    • jane johnson

      Bingo! I’ve seen/smelled them on city buses with partially smoked blunts tucked behind their ears, and acting loud and obnoxious.

      • Blacks acting loud and obnoxious? Could that be part of the reason police stop them and find weed so often?

        • jane johnson

          Of course not. It’s racism.

    • Adam

      You obviously have not attended any rock concerts in your lifetime.

    • HyenaKilla

      Sweeping generalizations I see… You’re a genius.

  • Freey’all

    Black people used to complain about the ‘racial disparity’ between how cocaine and crack possession were prosecuted, the latter being weighted more seriously in criminal law. Problem is, crack is significantly more concentrated and therefore causes more violence, criminality, etc. than cocaine. When people use it they come down harder, engage in more dramatic behaviors in various ways in terms of side effects and in their compulsion to obtain it. Simple class issue they construe as ‘race,’ as inner city types chemically altered the drug to get more bang for their buck. I looked this up after hearing constant complaints in the NYC metro area media, which is just more proof that like most ‘race’ issues the media knows the truth of it but purposely promotes racial hysteria.

    • Black people used to complain about the ‘racial disparity’ between how
      cocaine and crack possession were prosecuted, the latter being weighted
      more seriously in criminal law.

      Black politicians demanded and got that disparity in the 1980s.

    • Nathanwartooth

      Crack is one of the worst drugs on the planet. It makes people act straight retarded and is super short term addicting. Like drain your bank account addicting.

      I know people who had their lives turned upside down because of it. It’s one of the drugs that I’ve never touched and never will.

      • ncpride

        Unfortunately, I have too. It’s a pitiful sight to see a person caught up in that kind of addiction. Luckily, my story has a happy ending, and the person has been clean for 8 years now.

    • Crack isn’t more concentrated, per se. The rub is that by smoking it, the stuff is absorbed into the bloodstream much more quickly, rather like the difference between drinking a shot of whiskey and breathing the same quantity of ethyl ether.

      • Freey’all

        I’ve read several articles which support that much quicker absorption makes it ‘stronger,’ but I’ve also read some that claim it is actually a purer form of the drug. I wouldn’t know from experience.
        Why feed the ‘troll?’ I find your replying to me odd given how often you wind up outbursting towards me with such vitriol. You’re bizarre.

        • Because baking soda is added to de-acidify the water-soluble alkaloid acid salt into the free base, “crack” would actually be considerably less pure. The manner of absorption by the human body is what counts.

          • Freey’all

            Isn’t it inhaled as a vapor or something? It doesn’t really matter, especially given that the very laws blacks were complaining about were actually passed by black ‘community leaders,’ which is the bigger scam than just claiming it’s harsher criminalization was somehow racist because there’s no pharmaceutical difference.

          • Yes, and through the lungs directly into the bloodstream, and thence to the poor individual’s brain. With powder (snorted coke), the impediment would be the relatively slow rate of absorption of the alkaloid acid salt through the mucous membrane in the sinuses.

            I think reefer ought to be legalized completely and regulated like beer or wine, but hard stuff? I’ll throw my hands in the air and admit that not only do I not have all of the answers, I don’t have any of them at all. My training was as a chemist, and not a human behaviorist.

  • Frank Wheeler

    Legalize all drugs because drug addicts have a way of curing themselves. Whenever a junkie dies an angel gets his wings.

    • r j p

      Won’t work that beautifully. There will be more unemployable junkies needing fixes trying to rob anyone and anything to get cash to pay their dealer. This is exactly why I can not support a Libertian.
      .
      People bash Ayn Rand and say “she was an Athiest”, but without (white) European Christian values she could not have written her books which extoll the very best values of our people.

      • Nathanwartooth

        Yes, because drugs are so hard to get.

        I’m guessing you’ve never done drugs. You should at least meet people who have and talk to them.

        Ask them: “How hard was it to get your drugs?”

        Also do you have any statistics to back up your claim? You could try looking at Amsterdam first. They didn’t really legalize hard drugs but they decriminalized them. If you find any stories about high crime rates in all White areas because of drug decriminalization, please let me know.

        I want to see pictures of hoards of people with a needle in their arm sleeping on the street and robbing people to get by. If they were anywhere, they would be in Amsterdam.

        It’s just a fantasy to think that just because heroin becomes legal a bunch of people would run out and become junkies. That is like saying that if Alcohol became legal everyone would run out and become Alcoholics.

        Maybe if you had a time machine you could travel back to 1933 and warn everyone about the future where since Alcohol is available in every store, we live in a dystopian nightmare where everyone is an alcoholic and it’s a perpetual nightmare of people robbing each other to get it.

      • David Ashton

        Rand condemned voluntary drug-taking as the worst criminal obscenity because of its poisonous effects on the human brain, but did not advocate state prohibition; “adults can go to hell in their own way”. Of course, she smoked and eventually got lung cancer, and used amphetamines to “improve” her mental capacity rather than weaken it.

        I shall not bother providing the latest evidence on cannabis dangers, and I frankly advocate some restrictions on alcohol use; the effects of both are not felt only by the individuals addicted to them. I will say that drug-taking is both a cause and a symptom of western decadence, and especially in making our young white people incapable of racial resistance and maximum achievement. Excessive hedonism is rotting our children – porn alone is a conclusive example. Sticking my neck out, I would say that we need something like the Hitler Youth, though without “the Hitler” bit, though not likely in a USA which now welcomes active homosexuals into the Scouts of all places. [Note to the ADL – not to be quoted out of context.]

  • Spartacus

    Vdare also wrote about this today, their take on it made a lot of sense :

    http://www.vdare.com/posts/disparate-impact-watch-dope-dealing-division

  • APaige

    A psychology professor actually believes that police concentrate on minority/poor neighborhoods to meet numerical goals and that low-level offenses are easier, quicker, and cheaper? Police concentrate in high crime areas, it would be a lot safer to go into white areas, do the police have goals of pot arrests?

    • Nathanwartooth

      Ask him WHY it’s easier to meet the goals of arresting people in the minority areas.

      Statistically the cops should be pulling over Whites since more of them smoke weed.

      He will make up a lie, but it will be fun seeing him think up a lie on the spot.

      We know why it is easier to arrest them, but he’ll make up some excuse.

  • Flaxen-headed Strumpet

    It’s very simple, Blacks have a higher propensity to show their A double S or create some kind of drama not matter what they’re doing.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Black Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession in 2010, even though the two groups used the drug at similar rates, according to new federal data.

    An how about the offense rate for other drugs, not to mention crime in general? They seem to be mighty selective in their reporting.

  • Joe

    Maybe they arent as smart? Stop driving around in your jacked up car blaring crap music with a bag of weed on your front seat and you wont get busted.

  • brengunn

    Blacks are more likely to be searched for other reasons than whites, hence the cops will find them with drugs more often even though the rates of use are the same. Finding drugs is incidental to the real reasons cops are searching blacks.

  • PesachPatriot

    The reason this happens is because most white people want to obey the law, so if they enjoy smoking weed they move to states where it is legal like California, Colorado, Oregon or Washington….even the weed smoking white folks in states where it is very illegal like Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee or South Carolina will generally keep it pretty low key since they know they are breaking the law…they’ll puff in their houses or deep in the woods while fishing, not while driving a hooptie with giant rims blasting rap music through residential areas after midnight. When white stoners get caught they usually don’t resist with violence and sometimes the cops cut them a break and just take their buds and send them home, the aspiring rappers start flipping out and calling the cops rayciss because they were stupid enough to break the law and get caught. If people are so concerned about the racial discrepancy in arrests maybe they should finally just legalize it on a national level so no one of any skin color gets locked up for enjoying drugs not sold by Merck, Pfizer or Eli Lilly.

  • DaveMed

    As others have noted, it’s frankly a question of “certain people” not being the brightest bulbs in the lamp. Whatever substances I’ve enjoyed responsibly, I’ve never been a fool or a loudmouth about them.

    Maybe someone ought to do a study on the relationship b/w IQ and being arrested for drug possession. 😉

  • Dean

    I remember the Weekly Standard doing an article on this topic a few years ago. They argued that it was “insane” (their word) that while Whites were five times more likely to use drugs, yet Blacks were four more times likely to be arrested. Again, this was The Weekly Standard, not the Village Voice, The Nation or some left whacko publication.

    I was skeptical at first, but there is an organization entitled “Commonsense For Drug Policy” that confirmed what the Weekly Standard said. They sort of persuaded me that we need to start having more sensible and equitable drug laws irrespective of race.

    • HyenaKilla

      Water is wet. Denial must be confronted & the Truth must be accepted. The American justice system is inherently & fundamentally racist. It’s right there in the Constitution.

  • Regular Reader

    I’ve smoked the stuff since I was about 12 years old, that is almost 15 years. I have never gotten a drug charge. Then again, I am a lot smarter than most black people, and police officers.

    • William

      You are confirming Dean’s post.

    • HyenaKilla

      Bish plz…-_-

  • weed is one thing…. but what ELSE are they doing to be singled out?

    • Acting like thugs and fools….
      That will do it for white people who get themselves busted.

  • righty tighty

    The purpose of this means that blacks would be happy if they were never arrested for anything because even if they are guilty they exist in a white racist society with white racist rules and laws. But we know they refuse to return to dark wretch hellhole Africa under any circumstances because they love whining and bitching about whitey too much while getting a free ride on everything. Its all in the game and they love the game and they love phucking with whitey.

    • HyenaKilla

      Would you whites return back to that dark & cesspool called Europe? Would you be happy if all blacks got arrested while your kind could experience a new and re-vamped slave system.

      • PesachPatriot

        I’m technically “white” by the standards of the US government and I’ve been arrested for weed possession when I was younger. I’m pretty sure almost no one who posts here cares whether or not black people smoke weed….people get upset over you guys breaking the other laws against rape,murder, vandalism, assault, burglary, carjacking, dogfighting, animal abuse and so forth…if all the white people moved back to Europe I don’t think you’d enjoy living under the rule of the asians, mexicans and other hispanics very much. They won’t be giving you EBT cards, Section housing, free cellphones or millions of dollars to play basketball or football.

        • HyenaKilla

          Hahahahaa, U bigots are the most self-deluded and meglomaniacal personalities alive. Typical sociopath response with enough stereotypical & cliche riddled propaganda to make your revered national hero Nathan Forrest personally reserve a RSVP spot on his

          • PesachPatriot

            Nice way to deflect the subject…is it old dead guys in gray forcing you and your homies to engage in flash mob wilding in chicago and virginia beach, post-katrina looting, shooting each other over sneakers, mugging mexicans for the pay they earned by working, raping white girls, selling crack to your own community and rob liquor stores?

            I don’t have a problem with your skin color…I have a problem with your behavior….my ancestors had it a lot worse than picking cotton in SC, VA or GA but I don’t think it gives me a blank check to go raping german american girls, murdering german american guys, stealing beamers and mercedes and a lifetime of free housing and food from taxpayers.

            Its been 150 years since a white guy in a top hat signed the emancipation proclamation…you guys have gotten a black congressional caucus, control of several major cities, the presidency, millions of dollars in benefits and your own TV channel as well as the NBA and the NFL…when will it be enough to get you to pull up your pants, get jobs and get your act together…100 more years? 200, 300….give me a number…If whitey is so awful and rayciss feel free to pack up and leave for africa or haiti…there are no drug laws there, no gun laws, no laws against rape, murder or robbery you can blast rap music as loud as you want at 2am and no one will call the cops…no one has had you in chains in your lifetime but we both know its more fun to sit here in america and complain about evil whitey than to starve to death in zimbabwe or the congo.

          • HyenaKilla

            I’m more American than you will ever be dirtbag. You’re wasting a lot of characters on that fallacious bovine-scatology. Your ancestors never earned, built, or created anything without forced labor, terrorism, murder, rape, and slavery as a means-to-an-end in this entire western hemisphere. Go research some factual history you degenerate racist. You really think I’m going to sit here and list a slew of crimes & continual criminal enterprises & activities perpetrated by white people? Just to mirror your sweeping generalizations & group all white people into a box like you bigoted devils. Nope. We are not the same. I’m better human being than you.

          • PesachPatriot

            You do realize that if it wasn’t for the turrible turrible legacy ub de slabery you wouldn’t be pounding your keyboard in air conditioned comfort with a full belly and your bros wouldn’t be making millions rapping or playing sports…you’d be getting your arm hacked off with a machete, starving to death or dying of aids in liberia or nigeria….I recall reading some history where a bunch of white guys, many who were immigrants fresh off the boat who could barely speak english put on itchy blue wool uniforms and ate bullets, bayonets and cannonballs to free your ancestors….

            My still living grandmother got it pretty bad from germans when they invaded her village in the Ukraine 70 years ago….I don’t blame all my failings and shortcomings in life on that historical event and I’m not mad at young german kids who had nothing to do with it. The overwhelming majority of present day living white american’s ancestors didn’t even get here until decades after slavery was over. Why should they be robbed, raped, murdered over something they had nothing to do with?

            The american indians got it pretty bad too but I have never seen youtube footage of comanches or sioux rampaging through wal-mart and scalping people.

          • I think sitting there is exactly what you’re going to do, because that’s all you can do, while you’re sober and alone, at least.

            By the way, that’s “debils”. Gnome sayin?

      • Aspiring rapper

        Europe is a dark cesspool?! Better stay in scenic Detroit in that case.

        • Europe is a dark cesspool? Absolutely avoid Vienna and Trieste! The museums there are particularly terrible. Let’s also not forget the unspeakable horrors that are Belgian beer, Italian ice cream, Danish pastries or French cheeses.

          • PesachPatriot

            I hear there are gang shootouts in the british museum every weekend and you can’t go visit the blarney stone in ireland because of all the flash mobs….

  • MBlanc46

    I’ve seen data that suggest that this is the case in Chicago and Cook County also. The solution is pretty simple. Get the government off people’s backs and let them smoke what they want. Let the police devote themselves to real crimes against persons and property. A consequence of this would be the disappearance of racial disparities in marijuana arrests. Problem solved.

    • But, but, but….
      Real criminals are DANGEROUS!!

      • MBlanc46

        Drug laws are the gift that just keeps on giving for cops.

  • Hunter Morrow

    It is because blacks are 4 times as dumb when it comes to marijuana and never have the best stuff. Always buy from a White over 30 indoors and you won’t have problems safely getting the primo stuff in the area. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

    Think about it: Growing marijuana is just a subset of horticulture and agriculture and the blacks are clearly the inferior race to Whites at it, gardening and farming. Buying marijuana from a black instead of a White is like taking hockey players from the Congo instead of Canada.

  • Anony-Mouse

    We live in Washington State where marijuana is (sort of) legal now, but my husband and I, our daughter, her husband, and his parents get together every week or two, have a BBQ, and relax with a glass of wine or smoke. This has been going on for years now, and none of us has ever been arrested for ANYTHING, ever! But we are quiet, (otherwise) law-abiding people. We do this at one of our homes, and we don’t make a scene, have domestic fights or any of the other high-drama stuff that seems to happen when a bunch of blacks get together and start partying. In other words, we are normal white folks!

    • nobody

      Same here. I work hard. If I want to relax with a beer or a glass of wine and a little bit of pot after a long day of work that is my business. I pay my taxes, and I am an adult, I can make my own decisions about marijuana. I don’t need to be protected from anything by that shady pimp Uncle Sam.

    • David Ashton

      You should not be arrested, but you should do some research into the long-term biological damage of cannabis.

  • Hunter Morrow

    Oh, the reason this seems “disparate” is because blacks don’t “snitch” on themselves when it comes to drug use surveys but Whites are more honest about their true use rates.

    I’ve never met a black who didn’t at least smoke it once. Blacks use marijuana all the time, they just lie about it.

    • Aspiring rapper

      That’s also why they have HIV rates many times higher than whites while CLAIMING to use condoms at the same rate as whites. They simply lie to the survey takers, anonymous or not. Whites usually feel guilty when they lie, but blacks don’t place much value on truth.

  • Aspiring rapper

    Blacks are more likely to be smoking pot while on parole…which is a parole violation leading to arrest.

    • Simple possession for anyone else is in many places a misdemeanor summons – a ticket like for not having your dog on a leash – and doesn’t result in a genuine arrest at all. For a felony parolee, though, the result is an arrest with a “no bond” parole hold.

      • Aspiring rapper

        Exactly. Most people who are supposedly in jail for possession of tiny amounts of drugs are actually locked up for parole violation.

  • Joseph

    “…one possible reason that the racial disparity in arrests remained…”

    Is RACE.

  • HoneyBee

    While there are, without a doubt, a large number of users and dealers that are targeted because of their race. A statistic was released many years ago that cited, middle aged whites are more likely the largest drug dealers and pushers. Usually overlooked because the police are usually looking for the stereotypical. Those statistics may have leveled out since the advent of the mind set that certain races are told by OUR government that they are due handouts. Maybe the IRS should expend some of their energy on the supplemental income that is not reported by the drug dealers and traffickers.