Black Minnesotans way more likely to get arrested for marijuana than whites, report says

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Outside the Hennepin County Government Center, Nicole Simms highlights the findings of a report she authored for Minnesota 2020
A new report published by Minnesota 2020 reiterates what cannabis activists have been saying for years, in some cases decades -- that marijuana reform is not merely a matter of medical necessity but of civil rights.

Relying on FBI statistics from 2011, the progressive think tank found that black Minnesotans are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites. That figure is twice the national average and mostly represents men under the age of 25.

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"That kind of over-representation cannot be accounted for without racial bias," says Steve Fletcher, executive director of the Minnesota 2020, at a news conference Monday. "Black Minnesotans bear a disproportionate share of the personal and collateral costs of our war on drugs."

The ACLU came to a similar conclusion last year, but what sets this report apart is it attempt to quantify direct and indirect costs. These would include the obvious (fines, court fees) as well as the not-so-obvious (access to federal student loans, loss of wages, possible deportation).

The Minnesota 2020 report concludes that, in the most extreme scenario, a Minneapolis resident on public assistance who's convicted of felony possession (more than one and a half ounces) and deemed ineligible for drug court could lose $76,371 over a decade. This number takes into consideration possible jail time, depleted job prospects, and a five-year eviction from public housing.

The report puts the blame largely on police practices that target poorer neighborhoods with historically higher crime rates. Though marijuana use is about equal across races, whites are statistically less likely to be stopped and searched. The highest disparity now exists in Ramsey County, where blacks are 8.8 times more likely to get charged with felony marijuana possession.

Randy Gustafson, spokesman for the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, says his department is in the process of installing a new computer system that would share arrest data across the nine municipal agencies within its boundaries. That way, patterns of arrest can be analyzed in-house.



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mplstim56
mplstim56

This report, as another oft-cited piced in the Washington Post, leave much to be desired, data-wise. 

the only measure of pot usage is "used in the past 12 months,"......

well,,,, if you use it four times a week versus twice a month, you probably stand a, say, eight times greater chance of being arrested for smoking pot, no?

In other words, this report doesn't really show us unfair disparities in arrests rates for pot use among racial groups.

     And anecdotally, from what you know, isn't it probably likely that black men, ages 16 to 60, use pot more than white men of the same age cohort?
     Let's get better data before we start twisting our knickers over supposed racial disparities in arrests......


kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

"Black Minnesotans more likely to" ..........................................kill other Black Minnesotans......................

So the cure/finding/recommendation from this bogus "Study" implies making pot legal in order to prevent the illegality and to cure the "Inequity."    So just make murder legal next.  This follows the insane thinking of these Democrat DFL Liberal Progs.   

Heather Jo
Heather Jo

Why are we targeting graphic designers here?

John Bunch
John Bunch

Btw, I never wrote that the white drug buyers are innocent. Please don't put words in my mouth

John Bunch
John Bunch

Actually, a major study carried out in the 1990s showed that the conviction rate for blacks for the same crime was *less* in every category of felony except one: traffic stops. So I am willing to believe you when you say that black people are more likely to be convicted of moving violations. But for all other crimes, it is not true.

Fanchon Burns
Fanchon Burns

No. Almost 90% of marijuana related arrests are made for simple possession, and it's naive to think that there are just black guys all over Minneapolis driving around selling drugs to innocent white graphic designers. Marijuana use among 20-something-year-olds of all races is generally about the same. Your white young professional is buying his weed from another white young professional; the only difference is that they aren't being sought after and charged by an unfair, unbalanced legal system. The "drug war" is a war on people of color, and it always has been.

John Bunch
John Bunch

Could it be that the one side is the seller and the other side is the buyer? Read: black guys driving across town to sell to white graphic designers, who then just take the weed back to their condo, rather than drive around with it? Is that a possibility?

Dave Doucot
Dave Doucot

This headline was written by someone at The Onion, right? Since when is "way more likely" good reporting? Get it together City Pages. This sounds like it was written by a 17 year old girl.

Daren L. MN
Daren L. MN

In other news, WWII ended in '45 and we landed on the moon.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

A study in incompetence

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

"Black Minnesotans Way more likely to be arrested for marijuana, and to have a Pit Bull that will eat your white Papillon at MLK Park"

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

She should tell blacks not to walk down the middle of the freaking street smoking a joint while littering fast food bags.   They might not get busted so much more frequently.   The Democrats are just using this as Race Merchandizing and Pandering.   So what do you do?  Just make it legal so these guys can walk down the middle of the street and smoke it legally?  Freaking Lunatics.  

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124  Meds, Kurt. Don't forget to take your meds.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Are you talking actual numbers or percent of the overall population? 

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

Yes it is, look at the history - racial issues are why marijuana was first made illegal in 1937. There weren't a lot of whites using it then. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

African Americans are more likely to walk down the middle of the street smoking it and in general smoking in public.   So they get caught because they make no effort to be discrete.  Wake-up!  

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

It's written by morons that want us to make something legal that is illegal, just to prevent a group of people with one skin color from breaking the law at an "unequal" rate.   So, just make it legal since one group of folks are breaking the law at a much higher rate. 


MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124  And rich white Minnesotans are more likely to game the welfare system and break into people's houses looking for prescription drugs. 

lkjhasdf
lkjhasdf

@kurt124  So, you're a racist AND clueless about marijuana? I'll make note of that.

furt6969
furt6969

@kurt124  I think you forgot to mention something about how we're all Sheeple.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124  when you say blacks as opposed to black people it becomes clear that you are a flaming racist

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@kurt124  No, make it legal because it's far less harmful than alcohol, would supply big $$$ tax revenue for the state and let the courts focus on actual crimes. 

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@lkjhasdf There goes the word "Racist" again.   What is your evidence and reasoning for that claim?  

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol   Oh, you mean as opposed to "Black Minnesotans?".    Your Common Core Myopia makes you an idiot.  Here is another for you:  "Blacks more likely to be arrested in Downtown Mpls for driving down the street shooting through cars........than whites...."     Can you explain to me how these facts make me a racist?  I did not make them up you sick prog.     

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @kurt124You are still reeling from that ass kicking i gave you up there.  Please use a dictionary and look the word up moron. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 kurt why dont you come clean and start bashing "the blacks"


your tone gives you away, as does your poor education. 


do you not understand what myopic is? that its the opposite of progressivism?


you time is up you fat old fuck...go to sleep

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 creating children is virtuous! you fkn simpleton!


in no ways are you superior to me other than your age and weight you fat white hick

kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @kurt124   There you go again, hating people because of their skin color, sexual orientation, and those that disagree with you.  Just read your posts.

 My income does not make me a better person than others, but it does you!   By all measures i am superior to you.   I have likely created more children than you, produce more than you, and give more.    You just spew hate on this site.   My language is superior to your trash mouth.   Do you generally hate folks for just being superior to you in every way?   Envy just makes you mad!  

Be Happy!  Try saying something nice to someone from time to time, you will feel better.    

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 ya your some fat old white fuck who is protecting his honeypot at all costs. 


if you think wealth and production defines you as superior to anyone you are very misguided and probably live a miserable life full of fear and worry


im sure no gay people are offended when i call you a nazi fag... if they are i dont care.


how did you expose me? ive never been hidden...



kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

@digitalprotocol @kurt124

I love exposing you for who you are! All i have to do is engage you and you go Ape shit.   Do you see how the word *ag sounds different in tone than the word Gay????    You refer to anyone different than you in pejorative terms, making you what you accuse others of being.   Anyone can see this by following your comment thread.   You truly are disturbed.    

BTW my business acumen makes me out earn and produce you tenfold but my major in school was.......wait for it.....wait for it....you are gonna hate me even more......wait for it a bit longer.............BA in Communications and the Humanities!!!!!!!   LOL   Hate me more because i do well.  

Digital P, i am here only because of the fun it is when you are here!    I like pointing out the hypocrisy of you Lib Prog Dumocrats.   Now you owe all Gay folks an apology for your above rant.   

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@kurt124 dude its clear your a fkn nazi fag, why not just own it you pussy.


if you cant figure out that a statement like "should tell blacks..." is very different in tone than "should tell black people..."  then you are uneducated and likely a hick


myopia? are you a doctor? you dumb hick! 


please explain how you label me as a progressive and also suffering from myopia makes any sense


if you went to college i bet you majored in business... i can tell because of how myopic and stupid you respond here

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