Can North Dakota Get Medical Marijuana Over the Finish Line?
A last-minute infusion of campaign cash from the Drug Policy Alliance is hoping to get a volunteer-led medical marijuana initiative in North Dakota over the finish line .
Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of DPA, said the fact that the measure made the ballot in North Dakota came as a surprise to national organizations. He said his organization sent infusions of cash last week to campaigns in Montana and Arkansas as well, which are also considering medical marijuana initiatives.
“They did the work and got the thing on the ballot, and I wanted to help them out a bit,” Nadelmann said.
Prop 64 at Nearly 60% Support
Blacks 13 Times More Likely to Get Arrested for Weed in New York
New data obtained from public records requests by marijuana.com found large racial disparities in marijuana arrests, even as law enforcement priorities shift. The numbers echo previous findings that decriminalization (and even legalization) do little to combat racial disparities when enforcing cannabis laws.
Out of the 25 states where data was collected, New York had the largest racial disparity. Black New Yorkers are 13 times more likely than whites to be arrested for possession.
“The bulk of arrests in New York State occur in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan boroughs that make up New York City,” reported marijuana.com.
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