In a press convention video, Washington D. C. Police Chief Robert Contee stated that
“I can inform you that marijuana, undoubtedly, is related to violent crimes that we’re seeing in our neighborhood… When you’ve one thing the place folks get excessive reward—they’ll make some huge cash by promoting unlawful marijuana—and the danger is low, the danger for accountability may be very low, that creates a really, very, very, very, very unhealthy scenario as a result of these people get robbed, these people that shot at, these people become involved in disputes all throughout our metropolis.”
See “D.C. Police Chief Says Illicit Marijuana Gross sales Tied To Violence As Congress Weighs Lifting Regulatory Blockade”
After all, most main American cities are coping with growing violence, most likely pandemic associated. Nevertheless, the Drug Battle is continuous and “extra folks had been arrested for cannabis final yr than for all violent crimes put collectively,” in line with FBI knowledge.
Might that quantity clarify the true relationship between marijuana and violence?
Chief Contee is African American, however he nonetheless appears to disregard the truth that, as Forbes stories, “Along with these dwelling within the northeast, these within the black neighborhood might also be at explicit threat of being arrested for cannabis crimes. A latest report from the ACLU checked out knowledge from 2018, and located that black folks had been 3.6 instances extra prone to be arrested for cannabis possession than white folks. That is even if each teams use cannabis at comparable charges. Even in western states with leisure cannabis legal guidelines, black folks had been 1.5-1.8% extra prone to be arrested for having cannabis. In states with the worst racial disparity in arrests, like Montana and Kentucky, black folks had been 9.4-9.6% extra prone to be arrested. In some counties, disparities had been so excessive, black folks had been 50 instances extra prone to be arrested.”
Contee, who’s 48, is a DC native, and, as famous is African American (as is roughly half of the DC inhabitants) and has been on the DC Police all of his grownup life. Consequently, he would appear to be a wonderful alternative for his job, regardless of his muddled assertion.
Mockingly, he complained “This is similar film once I was a boy rising up right here.” Yep. It was referred to as the Drug Battle, and marijuana prohibition remains to be a significant a part of it, regardless of town making an attempt to legalize it and regardless of the opposition of the Federal Authorities, which in the end controls D.C.
In 1972, a few years earlier than Contee was born, I visited DC and wandered round and located myself at RFK Stadium, the place there was about to be a live performance by a rock group referred to as “The Rolling Stones”, or one thing like that. A scalper bought me his final ticket, and – as greatest I remember- there was some skinny man dancing across the stage complaining that he couldn’t get no satisfaction. Horrible grammar!
I’m just a little hazy on the remainder of it, however I’m sure that there was no violence regardless of there being 50 thousand folks there smoking marijuana. I’ve lived in Amsterdam, the place I’ve by no means seen any marijuana associated violence. I’ve lived in Nevada and in California, the place I’ve by no means seen any marijuana associated violence. Ditto, Austin, Texas. Ditto, Vancouver. Ditto, ditto, ditto!
Contee is complaining in regards to the violence related to black markets for something. I’m positive that the African American leaders in Congress who’re engaged on legalization will assist him difficulty a “clarification”. Badly wanted.
In the meantime, so as to add to the political absurdity, Forbes has a characteristic article “Billionaire Charles Koch On Why Hashish Ought to Be Authorized.”
So, Consideration MSNBC: White Billionaire Defends Poor African Individuals, or one thing like that.
See “Biden’s Alternative for Legal professional Common Provides Conservative Argument for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana.”
And “Legal Justice Reform Should Change into the Enterprise of America’s Enterprise.”
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