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Seven States Not to Get High In While Black

ACLU report documents shockingly racist enforcement of marijuana laws

A young African-American man is arrested by police.
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June 5, 2013 4:39 PM ET

The ACLU has published an astonishing report on the racist enforcement of our nation's marijuana laws. While pot is consumed at nearly equal rates by black and white Americans, blacks are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for possession – a ratio that can soar above 8:1 in individual states. Here are the seven states with the most outrageously racist patterns of enforcement, each with an arrest ratio of worse than 5:1.

How Much More Likely Black People Are To Be Arrested for Marijuana Possession Than White People, By State

1. Iowa: 8.34 times more likely

2. Washington, D.C.: 8.05 times more likely

3. Minnesota: 7.81 times more likely

4. Illinois: 7.56 times more likely

5. Wisconsin: 5.98 times more likely

6. Kentucky: 5.95 times more likely

7. Pennsylvania: 5.19 times more likely

(Source: 2010 FBI/Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data, ACLU)

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