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Chapter President Of The NAACP In Nevada Says Legalize It Already

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Chapter President Of The NAACP In Nevada Says Legalize It Already

An effort to put the legalization of recreational marijuana before Nevada voters got a big boost recently by a prominent African American leader in that state.

Nevada’s legislature will have the choice of approving legalization itself of putting the matter before voters in 2016.

Jeffery Blanck, a chapter president of the NAACP in Nevada, says that state lawmakers should just legalize it already.

He said the issue is about race because far more black people end up under arrest for minor drug violations than whites, despite similar rates of drug use. A 2013 ACLU study found that Nevada ranked sixth in the nation in arrest numbers for African Americans accused of marijuana possession.

In a letter to all the lawmakers in the Silver State, Blanck said:

The use of marijuana by blacks and whites is approximately the same. Yet, if you are black and live in Nevada, you are four-and-a-half times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than if you are white.

… It is time to end the failed war on marijuana. Nevada needs to legalize its use and our federal government needs to repeal its listing as a dangerous drug. We need to stop wasting our hard-earned tax dollars on a program that provides no benefit and disproportionately impacts our black residents.

Nevada is already the beneficiary of a two-year-old medical marijuana law.

Recreational legalization will certainly meet it’s share of resistance. Washoe County District Attorney Dick Gammick told the Nevada Newsmakers TV program recently that recreational legalization is out of the question.

“As far as I’m concerned,” Dick said, “let’s never do it.”

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