Racial Disparities in Marijuana Possession Arrests
According to this study completed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Iowa was the state with the highest disparity in marijuana possession arrests across the nation, with Blacks being 8.34 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession (2010). According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse and Health (2001-2010), despite the pronounced disparities in arrest rates of Whites and Blacks for marijuana possession, rates of marijuana use and non-use between Whites and Blacks nationwide are roughly equal. For instance in 2010, 14% of Blacks and 11.6% of Whites reported using marijuana in the past year.
FROM THE SURVEY:
- One-third of Black survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “As it relates to safe neighborhoods in Dubuque, I have concerns with discrimination.”
FROM THE DIALOGUES:
There were no comments directly related to this data point in the dialogues.