White House Admits Marijuana Prohibition is Racist

A new White House report admits that marijuana’s illegality is contributing to racial inequalities in America.

“A black individual is nearly four times as likely as a white individual to be arrested for marijuana possession, even though black and white individuals reported using marijuana at similar rates,” says the new report on barriers that prevent disadvantaged youth from achieving their full potential.

The document, “Economic Costs of Youth Disadvantage and High-Return Opportunities for Change,” was published this week by the Executive Office of the President. It examines educational, criminal justice and unemployment disparities between young men of color and other Americans.

The marijuana arrest statistics come from a study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which supports legalizing cannabis.

The White House report also cites statistics on racial disparities in other areas of the criminal justice system. For example:

  • In 2011, the majority of State and Federal

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