Blacks Are Five Times More Likely Than Whites in Miami To Be Arrested for Pot
According to a study released yesterday by the ACLU, Miami-Dade is one of the most aggressive and racially biased counties in the country when it comes to marijuana arrests.
Not only did Miami have the ninth most marijuana arrests of any American city in 2010, but 57 percent of those arrests targeted African-Americans. That means Miami's black residents are 5.4 times as likely to be arrested for weed possession than whites -- the fifth worst racial disparity in the nation.
The disturbing data are part of a damning new ACLU report titled "The War on Marijuana In Black and White." It argues that the U.S.'s pot policy has gone haywire: America's 8 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010 amounted to one bust every 37 seconds, or 52 percent of all arrests nationwide.
But the report is most indicting when it comes to race. "A Black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person, even though Blacks and whites use marijuana at similar rates," the ACLU found.
Florida is worse than most states, the study says.
The Sunshine State had the third most total arrests for marijuana possession (57,951) and the country's 11th highest arrest rate for marijuana possession (308 per 100,000), both in 2010.