Tuesday, July 6, 2010

California's NAACP backs legalization

Posted By on Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Can we get an amen? And, can we get North Carolina's NAACP to do the same? Our state could really use the tax revenue.

Calling the measure a “civil rights issue,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman, said the current prohibition on marijuana has criminalized young people and hampered the ability of many African Americans to prosper.

"This is not a war on the drug lords, this is a war against young men and women of color," she told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Once a young person is arrested and brought under the justice system, he or she is more likely to get caught in the criminal justice system again, further wasting tax dollars."

Huffman and other leaders - including Aubry Stone, president of the California Black Chamber of Commerce - argued that money currently spent on enforcing marijuana laws would be better spent on education.

In making her case for legalization, Huffman cited a recent study (.pdf) showing that, in each of the 25 largest counties in California, blacks are arrested for marijuana possession at double, triple and sometimes quadruple the rates of whites.

Read the rest of this article at Qcitymetro.com.

Now, if only we could get the federal government to legalize pot ...

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