Marijuana Arrests of Black and White Americans

The American Civil Liberties Union reported in a study that Blacks in the United States  were 3.73 greater than Whites to be arrested for marijuana crimes across the country. In some counties, the rate of Blacks being arrested was 10 to 30 times higher than whites.

Marijuana usage by both Whites and Blacks are roughly the same across the United States, according to the ACLU.

In 2001, Blacks were arrested at a rate of 537 people per 100,000. The rate of arrests for Blacks increased to 716 per 100,000 in 2010.

In 2001, Whites were arrested at a rate of 191 people per 100,000. The rate of arrests for Whites was 192 per 100,000 in 2010.

Despite the higher rate of arrests for marijuana for Blacks, due to the higher number of Whites in the country there were more arrests of Whites for marijuana crimes. 460,808 Whites were arrested for marijuana crimes in 2010, compared to 286,117 Blacks.

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Source:¬† Associated Press, “Marijuana arrests more likely for African Americans,” USA Today, June 4, 2013.