NAACP teams up to fight for medical marijuana in California

June 29, 2010

It seems like a natural match.  Black people smoke weed…I mean, I know black people…

I know black people Dave Chappelle

Calif NAACP to back pot legalization initiative

AP

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  • By MARCUS WOHLSEN, Associated Press Writer – 37 mins ago

SAN FRANCISCO – The NAACP’s California chapter pledged its support on Tuesday for a marijuanalegalization ballot measure, saying current laws are unfairly used to target minorities.

The group highlighted findings it says show the arrest rate among blacks for low-level marijuana crimes far exceed those of whites in the state’s largest counties.

“Justice is the quality of being just and fair and these laws have been neither just nor fair,” said Alice Huffman, president of the California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

The November ballot measure would let adults possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use. Residents could legally grow small marijuana gardens, and individual cities and counties would decide whether to allow marijuana sales.

The NAACP’s announcement outraged a Sacramento preacher who is leading opposition to the measure.

International Faith-Based Coalition president Ron Allen said African-American leaders are distressed that one of the country’s most respected civil rights organizations would disregard the harm caused by illicit drugs among blacks.

“The NAACP does not represent the African-American community when it comes to legalizing marijuana,” Allen said.

Drug legalization advocates hailed the endorsement as a major step forward in broadening the coalition of groups who support the reform of marijuana laws. Opponents of current drug prohibitions frequently point to the issue of race and drug arrests as evidence of a flawed national policy.

“There have not been high profile organizations or elected officials within African-American communities to say enough is enough, we have to end marijuana prohibition. This is really a first,” said Stephen Gutwillig, California director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

It seems like a good match.  Far too many blacks (as well as other races) are given their first visit to the penal system through a minor offense that stays with them.  While this is not the reason for high minority numbers in prisons and jails, it goes a long way to explaining the phenomenon.

Now if they could just legalize puff, puff pass…

One Response to “NAACP teams up to fight for medical marijuana in California”

  1. tophatal said

    Steve

    The state of California should look at the model that’s in place in the Netherlands. Then it could actually learn something rather than always trying to be a dumb ass trendsetter.

    AP

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