The War on Marijuana: Effective vs. Ethical
It seems that the War on Marijuana isn’t as effective as some may think, especially to law enforcements. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), billions of dollars have been spent on arrests for marijuana possession, primarily for small amounts and from a racially biased system. Many non-white people are at the most risk of being indicted for marijuana possession than others, leading to a deeply flawed system, not only for this reason but also because a large amount of money is spent on these minor arrests when it could be saved for other useful institutions.
Not only do these arrests affect taxpayers and our justice system, but those arrested face many problems for the future. Eligibility for a number of things are questioned and challenged, like housing opportunities and financial aid for students and immigration status for others.
According to the ACLU website, more than 50% of arrests for drug possession between 2001 and 2010 have been solely for marijuana as opposed to other types of drugs. It’s also estimated that non-white people are approximately four times more likely to be arrested than white people for marijuana possession.
Essentially, not only are large amounts of money being used for arrests for marijuana possession, but this money is being used to further institute a racially biased system in law enforcement because of the large amount of non-white people being arrested. While anyone is subject to arrest for marijuana possession, the government has a duty to respond to these cases in a non-biased manner and in a conservative way.
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