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TAKE ACTION: Tell the Justice Department: Don't Reward Police for Making Racially Biased Marijuana Arrests.


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: ethics, government, politics, propaganda, society, corruption, crime )

Beverly
- 538 days ago - aclu.org
Urge Attorney General Eric Holder not to reward police for making racially biased, wasteful arrests. Sign the petition to stop including marijuana possession arrests in the performance metrics for state and local police receiving federal money.



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Beverly M. (91)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:44 am
In just one year, over $3.6 billion in tax dollars were spent to enforce marijuana laws; in a decade, 8 million people were arrested, without making us any safer. And these arrests unfairly target communities of color - blacks are almost four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite the fact that blacks and whites use marijuana at about the same rate.

This wasteful, racially biased numbers game is fueled by billions of tax dollars that the federal government doles out to law enforcement. When police are seeking out or receiving a piece of the drug war pie, they report on arrest numbers, including marijuana arrests. This creates a powerful incentive for police to aggressively go after people with small amounts of marijuana - it's an easy way to get a lot of arrests.
 

Monica T. (294)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:49 am
noted and signed...
 

Mary T. (321)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 4:48 pm
signed & noted - thank you Beverly
 

Jim Phillips (3201)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 8:22 pm
Petition signed.

The federal war on drugs is a failed policy and has been for years.
Why not just legalize marijuana to 1 oz per person for personal use all across US.
Allow those with medical license to sell, grow marijuana without interference from the feds.
There are a few states which do allow this to occur , legally, and the feds should just simply
leave those people and dealers alone.
Stop racial profiling, stop discrimination especially towards blacks.

If the police and feds are so interested in arrests, go after the fraud bankers, wall street people
for theft.

Ty, Beverly.
.
 

Elizabeth O. (88)
Monday July 1, 2013, 1:50 am
Signed.
 

Freya H. (313)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:30 am
Instead, let's legalize - or at least decriminalize - marijuana, and tax it for revenue.
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Monday July 1, 2013, 6:44 am
Signed.
 

paul m. (93)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:09 am

Noted...
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Monday July 1, 2013, 7:53 am
Done
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:38 am
signed-thanks
 

Judy C. (100)
Monday July 1, 2013, 11:29 pm
Signed. Thanks Beverly.
 

Candy L. (476)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 1:25 am
Signed already, tweeted again Thanks
 

Mariann Rannenberg (164)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 1:32 am
Signed with pleasure. Thanks, Beverly
 
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