Despite marijuana being decriminalized, legalized, or remaining illegal, disparate arrest rates between Black and white people shamefully continue. In some states where marijuana was legalized, disturbingly, racial disparities remained or even got worse.
In Virginia, Black adults still account for nearly 60 percent of marijuana related cases even though they are only 20 percent of the population. In D.C., almost everyone arrested for marijuana charges is Black, despite only making up 45 percent of the city’s population.
Decriminalization was never enough.
Put an end to criminal penalties for marijuana related offenses. Urge your legislators to vote “Yes” on HB 441/SB 619.
House Judiciary and Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee Members