make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

ACLU: Marijuana arrests in NC racially biased

READ MORE:
marijuanaarrest.jpg

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union says new figures show arrests for marijuana possession are racially biased in the country and North Carolina, where blacks account for 50 percent of the arrests while comprising 22 percent of the population.

In a report released Tuesday, the ACLU says North Carolina law enforcement officers made nearly 21,000 marijuana arrests in 2010. The report says that's the 10th-highest in the nation. The report says more than 50 percent of all drug arrests in the state that year were for marijuana possession.

The report says blacks were arrested for marijuana possession at nearly 3.5 times the rate of whites in North Carolina despite comparable marijuana usage rates.

The ACLU used federal crime statistics and US Census data for the report.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.