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AG Sessions’ Home State Has ‘Biased’ MJ Law Enforcement


AG Sessions’ Home State Has ‘Biased’ MJ Law Enforcement

Arrest data from Attorney General Jeff Session’s home state of Alabama — where he served as a U.S. and state attorney general as well as a senator — shows that enforcement and prosecution of laws prohibiting cannabis and other drugs are even more racially biased there than they are nationwide.

We have it all wrong. Attorney General Jeff Sessions — the man rejected for a position as a federal judge for being too racist in the Reagan 1980s — is not a racist. See? He says so himself: Not a racist!

Maybe what Jeff Sessions meant is that he isn’t racist in context. You see, back home in Sessions’s native Alabama (where Sessions served as a United States attorney and state attorney general before his stint in the Senate) the way drug crimes like marijuana possession are policed is profoundly racist.

Nationwide, Black people are 3.73 times more likely than their white peers to be arrested for marijuana, according to data crunched by the ACLU. That’s bad. It’s also business as usual back in Sessions’s Alabama.

From AL.com (emphasis added):

“As of Oct. 17, according to Alabama Sentencing Commission numbers, the 220 inmates still in a state prison for first-degree possession of marijuana included 178 Black men and 39 white men… From 2011 to 2015, according to numbers from the Alabama Sentencing Commission, Black males accounted for 74 percent of the convictions in state court for felony marijuana possession. That’s 3,691 convictions of Black males compared to 956 convictions of white males over the same five-year span.”

Believe it or not, this is an improvement. Alabama has been on notice to reduce the number of inmates in its overcrowded prisons, so a number of nonviolent drug offenders have already been let go. But back in 2009, before the reforms began, there were as many people doing time in state prison for marijuana as there were prisoners convicted of manslaughter and third-degree robbery.

Read this entire article at CannabisNow.com

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