Cops have frequently used the odor of pot to justify searching individuals without a warrant — a practice that has disproportionately affected people of color. However, an “odor-plus standard” that balances the interests of drug enforcement with privacy rights could arguably meet the Constitutional “smell test.”
African Americans are 3.6 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession although they have comparable marijuana usage rates, according to a study released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union.
With business owners unable to access federal bailouts because the drug remains illegal under U.S. law and popular 4/20 events cancelled because of stay-at-home orders, sellers are pushing for ways to reach customers.
Over the last few decades, drug courts have emerged as a significant policy tool in the nation’s efforts to combat addiction, but how effective are they? In a conversation with TCR, Kerwin Kaye says the findings of his new book show they are subject to the same biases that have marred other much-touted justice reforms.
Some rules for accessing methadone treatment facilities and other forms of counseling have been relaxed, but experts fear that individuals suffering from opioid use disorder are now at greater risk because of social-distancing and stay-at-home orders.