NY Pot Legalization Faulted for Overlooking Racism

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New York’s recent legislation to legalize marijuana and expunge arrest records doesn’t address the root cause of systematic racism in weed-related arrests, instead benefitting entrepreneurs in the state, said an opinion piece by Richard C. Iannuzzi in Newsday. Although the legislation is a “long overdue” step, it doesn’t address systemic issues that marginalized communities will continue to face regarding the treatment of marijuna-related crimes, said Iannuzzi.

Iannuzzi claims that any criminal or social justice grounded motives for the legislation are overpowered by claims that the state pushed for legislation once realizing that the legal sale of marijuana “could reap billions.” “Those who see this as a new day for social justice need to look beyond the “smoke” created by those more interested in their financial equity rather than racial equality,” said Iannuzzi.

2 thoughts on “NY Pot Legalization Faulted for Overlooking Racism

  1. Marijuana consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol. Plain and simple! Legalize Nationwide!

    Politicians who continue to demonize Marijuana, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Marijuana possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through Marijuana home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose marijuana, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one. The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records. Especially, if they happen to be of the “wrong” skin color or they happen to be from the “wrong” neighborhood. Which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason? [this comment has been edited and condensed for space]

  2. I’m sorry but, yes they were arrested and incarcerated disproportionately, however, stop pretending that minorities weren’t cops. And stop pretending that white people didn’t get busted for it either.Do you know how many guns I have had put to my head over this ????? I have PTSD as it is, and the cops just added to it over the years.
    So I guess all white people that were harmed by the drug war should just shut up, because well black people were harmed more.The racism from both sides gets extremely tiring after a while.

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