Legalizing Marijuana

Enforcing Laws against Marijuana Constitutes Racial Discrimination

If the government is serious enough to enforce the law against the use and selling of marijuana, it should have been done in a racially neutral manner. It is a no surprise that the majority of people arrested and incarcerated for possession, use and selling of marijuana are consist of minorities such as African-Americans and Mexican-Americans. America has a long history of racial discrimination and profiling dating back from 1642 when a white American named John Elkin admits killing an American Indian, but he was acquitted in all three trials for the reason that the court refuses to punish a fellow white colonist. In America today, about 32 million Americans admitted being a victim of racial profiling mostly consists of Native, Asian, Hispanic, African, Arab, Persian and Muslim Americans. Issues of racial profiling and discrimination are closely related to the incarceration and arrests of minorities on the grounds of marijuana possession, use and selling. There is a large gap between the population of minorities and white Americans arrested for marijuana, which constitutes an idea that law enforcement are using marijuana as a reason to discriminate the minorities.

Statistics indicates that there are only 195 white Americans in every 100,000 reported marijuana related arrests, while there are about 598 African-Americans in every 1000,000 cases are arrested for marijuana. This means African-Americans are 248% most likely to be arrested for marijuana than white Americans, while both race shares the same number of users and involvement in marijuana use and possession in the country. This huge gap in terms of arrest ratio and probability is an indication that the law is not favorable to the minorities and becomes an instrument of an old culture that looks at people based on the skin color. Therefore, in order to reduce the incidents of discriminative arrests due to marijuana it should be made legal. There is no clear pattern why law enforcers target blacks and Latinos for marijuana; the most obvious reason is racial biases.

Given the statistical data suggesting that there are actually more young white males that use marijuana than Latinos and blacks, it becomes more ironic that there are more blacks and Latinos being arrested for marijuana than white Americans. The answer is quite clear, racial discrimination and profiling is the cause of such discrepancies. This notion of racial discrimination is an old culture that the people of America should long been forgotten. The idea of white supremacy is a cultural animosity that creates a bad reputation to the people of America. Since marijuana is among the issues that depicts such negative cultural picture, it is about time America should consider legalizing marijuana because it will not only improve America’s social perception, but will also lessen the dilemmas about racial discrimination in the country.