Kate Andrews writes for City AM
Trump’s intervention should help to resolve issues of legal clarity, but more importantly, it is a signal that the federal government may be moving away from its failed drug policy. The drugs war has given an unnecessarily large number of people a criminal record, despite often being of no threat to society. According to the ACLU, “marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States”. Of these arrests, the large majority are for mere possession – not for any attempt to sell or engage in violent behaviour related to the drugs trade.
Even more depressingly, black Americans are nearly four times as likely to be cuffed for cannabis-related crime than white Americans, despite roughly equal rates of usage.
Read the full article here.
Further IEA Reading: Joint Venture – Estimating the Size and Potential of the UK Cannabis Market