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The NAACP clearly gets it.

“We are committed to changing policies that result in a disproportionate number of African-Americans and other people of color being introduced into the criminal justice system,” NAACP chapter president Rosemary Harris Lytle said, according to a media advisory.
We regularly hear about the vast, vast disparity of the numbers of blacks in the 'justice system' and people are right to complain and cry foul, but all too often they NEVER mention of the the huge, glaring reasons for this: the war on drugs, particularly marijuana. Lots of people don't want to factor this in for a variety of, well...dumb reasons, which we shall not go into now.

A bit more over the fleur-du-Kos

The group said that marijuana prohibition has dramatically affected African-American community in Colorado, where just 4 percent of the general population is black but 20 percent of the prison population is black. And in Denver, where marijuana is supposedly decriminalized, a recent police review found that African-Americans account for 31 percent of marijuana arrests, despite making up just 11 percent of the general population.
I am unsure how many times this has to be repeated to people - it's NOT news.

Marijuana prohibition - 85%+ of the so-called "war on Drugs" - was/is founded DIRECTLY on racism: I am not going to bother to post links to the history, a good Democrat or Liberal should know this forwards and backwards at this point in time.

The war on weed ENCOURAGES racism and 'profiling' and this is EXACTLY why Ramarley Graham is dead. Cops killed him because he had marijuana. No 'official' report to state that in official black and white for you, but the fact is he had weed, was black and cops smashed in the door to his home and gunned him down.

There's another perk for the state to relegalize and tax the Evil Weed (other than the sanctity of human life):

A recent analysis by the Colorado Center for Law and Policy (PDF) found that the state stands to earn at least $60 million in added revenue and law enforcement savings the first year, and up to $100 million annually after five years. The left-leaning Public Policy Polling group said earlier this month (PDF) that 47 percent of recent Colorado survey respondents favor marijuana legalization, versus 38 percent who oppose it.
So..... we can cut down on cops needlessly harassing young non-white males AND make some revenue for the state AND curtail wasteful police activities, all at the same time: a Trifecta!

3 cheers to the NAACP for showing folks how this is done.

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  •  Kickback Receptacle. (27+ / 0-)

    yes, I reposted this from yesterday. I posted it at a heavy volume time, and did not get the mileage out of this I had hoped for so I am republishing in the morning.

    This is an important story that shows the link between the racism if the drug war and the impact on the African-American community.

    And how our prisons are being filled with people who ARE NOT a threat to you or me.

    Meanwhile Wall Street continues to operate with absolute impunity, ruining our lives, making life harder for everybody: nobody does a thing about them.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:10:29 AM PDT

    •  AND, the prisons they are sent to are (12+ / 0-)

      increasingly private run for profit not government prisons. You don't have to be a cynic to come to the correct relationship here, but being one gets you there quicker. Thanks for posting this.

      Everybody knows it already

      by redstella on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:18:06 AM PDT

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      •  And THOSE companies, in turn (10+ / 0-)

        donate heavily to the GOP.

        Why, again, do the Democrats want this to continue?

        I must have missed the excellent explanation....

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:20:31 AM PDT

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        •  Because Democratic politicians (6+ / 0-)

          are, by and large, a bunch of wimps. They are so afraid of being labeled "soft on crime" that they make themselves as gung-ho for the the war on pot as much as any Republican. Same thing happened in 2002 and 3 as Bush beat the war drums. Wimps.

        •  Because it has been the "third rail" (8+ / 0-)

          For a long time, politicians either outbid each other to be "tough on crime", or they stayed neutral. Nobody wanted to be caught with an opinion to legalize or decriminalize any drugs at all, even pot. It's still true for the majority of office holders and seekers. You touch that third rail and it's instant political death.

          Maybe things are changing, there are a few hopeful signs, but I can't say I see much support for decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis, nor do I hear calls for reforming the criminal justice system.

          When I was a teen, you could get 20 years for possessing a joint, and a friend did, spending over six years at San Quentin for passing one joint to the guy next to him at Golden Gate Park--who, it turned out, was an undercover cop. It took years to get felony possession removed from the books...but if you are on probation and are caught with any weed at all, it's the same thing--back to jail, no question.

          In my sweet little town, marijuana is used as a tool by our police to keep the tattooed brown men off the streets. Bust 'em young, get a couple of strikes against them, and you have complete control for the next twenty years. They have it down to a science: pick the kid up for nearly anything--such as ""associating with a gang member" (a classmate or even brother or cousin) who has committed a crime (nearly any crime counts, no matter how mild), throw the book at them, get them to plea to a lessor charge, send them away for a few months, and BAM they're on probation and under your control. Now if they get caught with a joint, it's hard time. Pot has become a tool, and never mind that there's no real crime.

          •  It's officially no longer a third rail (5+ / 0-)

            thanks to all the NORMAL workaday Americans who have managed to get some mild reforms enacted in at least a fourth of the states in AMerica.

            The NAACP coming out in support is a prime supporting example of this.

            The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

            by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:09:31 AM PDT

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            •  I agree but (3+ / 0-)
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              How does that work again? - when the people lead the politicians? - when the voice of the people cannot -not- be heard? Everybody knows that criminalization of pot is causing the crime, the drug cartels, the violence, the control of the young, blah blah blah, but even the growers are not in favor of legalization (profit motif). So now what, when??  I'm tired of being fringe....

              Everybody knows it already

              by redstella on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:54:06 AM PDT

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              •  This is the point at which people must ask the (4+ / 0-)

                correct question: Why is marijuan STILL illegal, given the HUGE 40+ year effort to fix this miserable situation?

                Republicans is the easiest answer, followed by Democrat inertia and abject fear, followed by the complicity of the media with the GOP and corporate interests (alcohol, insurance, Big Pharma, Big Oil)

                Beyond that I say it is because we have not been nearly loud or pushy enough.

                Waiting is a setback. Waiting is a failed policy.

                It hasn't fixed a problem that never should have been.

                The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

                by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:23:48 AM PDT

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  •  Marijuana - Jim Crow with roots. (9+ / 0-)

    Because stupid people are so sure they're smart, they often act smart, and sometimes even smart people are too stupid to recognize that the stupid people acting smart really ARE stupid.

    by ZedMont on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:18:53 AM PDT

  •  It's up to Congress and state legislatures. (0+ / 0-)

    For those that want to blame Obama for enforcing the laws as they're written, (for white middle class pot i.e. med. marijuana), I'd say a better strategy is to start hammering on your congressmen about legalization.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 05:49:53 AM PDT

    •  no, we need Obama to stand up too (2+ / 0-)
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      like he said he would when he was a candidate.

      he can't just go on ignoring the issue.

      Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List-686 pages of hyperlinks in PDF format Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift and that's why it's called "The Present".

      by elkhunter on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:25:24 AM PDT

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      •  We need him re-elected, first. Otherwise there's (2+ / 0-)
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        no hope at all. I think he's pursuing this policy in order to force the issue onto Congress, where it belongs.
        I think when the time comes he will stand up on it.

        You can't make this stuff up.

        by David54 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:34:52 AM PDT

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        •  Here we go... excusa-palooza (3+ / 0-)
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          We need obama re-elected.

          There's no time for this now.

          We have more important things to do.

          this really isn't that important.

          We have to focus on what we can change (I treally like that one).

          every last one of those excuses says you are OK with the $20 billion dollars wasted on this every year and that the people killed and savaged by cops and the system are acceptable.

          Thanks a lot.

          The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

          by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:39:02 AM PDT

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        •  i agree that we must re-elect Obama (1+ / 0-)
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          but i have big concerns about all the young single issue voters that will either not vote for him because of this or not vote at all.

          in colorado we're going to vote on legalization...who do you think many of those people will vote for in the presidential race? you may want to visit some of the marijuana sites out there and see what's really going on. lots of people feel betrayed.

           bottom line is we can't help Obama if he doesn't help himself.

          as far as convincing my congressman...Jared Polis is already one  of the few with enough balls to stand up to any of them. he needs no convincing.

          Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List-686 pages of hyperlinks in PDF format Yesterday's history, tomorrow's a mystery. Today is a gift and that's why it's called "The Present".

          by elkhunter on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:40:10 AM PDT

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          •  Let's watch Colorado (2+ / 0-)
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            We have a presidential election PLUS a state legalization issue.

            The prediction is that this gets people out of the house and into the booth.

            California's Prop 13 failed partly because it wasn't a presidential election and a LOT of people stayed home.

            The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

            by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:42:19 AM PDT

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          •  If they feel betrayed by the admin's enforcing (1+ / 0-)
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            of existing laws regarding "medical marijuana" while the enforcement of "black market" marijuana continues in the inner city, then they're hypocrites.

            There was a lot of discussion to the effect that the reason the CA legalization initiative failed was because the big medical marijuana growers, who stand to lose if legalization is pushed forward, came out against it in Mendocino, Humboldt, etc.

            I'm for straight up legalization for adults, and for taxing and permitting growth for individual consumption.

            The law will get changed when Congress is ready to change it.
            If Obama could get any legislation through Congress, he would have gotten the "climate/energy/jobs " bill. That would have a  higher probability of getting passed, and even that or a transportation bill, or a farm bill, can't get through.

            Anybody who thinks Romney and the gop will pass a legalization bill is just smoking something.

            You can't make this stuff up.

            by David54 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:00:33 AM PDT

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      •  He will go on ignoring the issue. (3+ / 0-)
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        He will never be any help.

        Forget him on this issue. The people will continue to do it.

        it will take longer, needlessly, but we are winning.

        Fucking ARKANSAS has a medical marijuana issue on the ballot and Colorado is going for full-on legalization: doing it right.

        Politicians suck.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 06:36:47 AM PDT

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  •  turning it into a state monopoly like liquor (1+ / 0-)
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    control at the retail level in some states would end a significant part of the 'war on drugs"(sic) and allow resources to be allocated to white-collar crime

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:13:07 AM PDT

    •  That keeps the cops involved, which is likely (3+ / 0-)
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      to be essential because cops think they know so goddamned much about the weed and will, for generations STILL think mara-ju-wanna is bad and we;ll have a small contingent akin to the Abortion movement where you have these fuckheads constantly trying to get it re-banned.

      it would be a better Idea to exclude the cops because marijuana isn't even as dangerous as tobacco or alcohol. It doesn't need policing.

      Meanwhile we still have a huge number of drunk driving deaths - nobody's trying to ban alcohol.

      Talk about a two-faced stupid system.

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:30:12 AM PDT

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      •  there will still be "moonshining" e.g. cartels (0+ / 0-)

        and I prefer a swat team eliminating criminal cartels (gangs)

        it would be a better Idea to exclude the cops because marijuana isn't even as dangerous as tobacco or alcohol. It doesn't need policing.

        Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

        by annieli on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:34:01 AM PDT

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        •  Nah. While there are always going to be those (1+ / 0-)
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          who simply want to skirt the law, this won't be a significant issue any more than actual moonshining continues to be a significant issue.

          Legalization MEANS regulation and when we can buy our herb at the corner store or Publix then illegal sales will simply suffer.

          The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

          by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:37:33 AM PDT

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          •  sure can't have one without the other, but the (0+ / 0-)

            scale of drug carteliization is still high(sic) the short run

            Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

            by annieli on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:44:13 AM PDT

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      •  also in the case of DUI, breathalizer technology (0+ / 0-)

        need to be incorporated into autos.

        Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

        by annieli on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:36:39 AM PDT

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        •  That's another common whine (3+ / 0-)
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          "we can't legalize until we can find "drunk" drivers".

          never mind that alcohol isn't remotely similar to alcohol, doesn't impact the motor skills like alcohol, and doesn't make you intoxicated and out of control like alcohol.

          And we already have the Field Sobriety Test. If you can pass it you can pass it. If you can't you can't: no need for additional effort to find something that's not really there.

          if people didn't believe such horseshit about pot.......

          The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

          by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:40:07 AM PDT

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      •  The cops don't try hard to police alcohol (0+ / 0-)

        If everyone arrested, and everyone stopped for a traffic violation, got a breathalyzer and/or blood test, the results would probably show 100% of criminals had been drinking and 90% of traffic violators had been drinking.

        It takes some courage to stick up the local stop-n-rob or liquor store, and they get their courage out of a bottle -- not from a joint or a blunt, they have no such effect. So the jails are full of guys with drinking problems. Serious drinking problems. But beer, wine, hard liquor are all legal, so we won't even include that factor in a discussion of crime in America.

        If everyone speeding or running red lights is not tested for alcohol, many guilty drinking drivers escape detection, perhaps because they "handle their liquor well". And when the decision to test or not test is left to the cops, what a wonderful power they enjoy, the ability to punish their enemies and excuse their friends and countrymen. In black and white, how does that work out, ya think?

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