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Legalizing marijuana doesn’t erase systemic racism

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As the legalization of marijuana continues to increase amongst many states in the U.S, it is time to take a closer look at the war on drugs, specifically marijuana laws and charges that impact historically marginalized communities. 

 

By Candis Caldwell

 

While the narratives and connotations around marijuana have shifted throughout the years, Black people have been criminalized and are still being arrested at high rates for nonviolent marijuana charges in comparison to any other demographic in the United States. 

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