Marijuana Prohibition In California: Racial Prejudice And Selective-Arrests

  • White K
  • Holman M
  • 9

    Readers

    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • N/A

    Citations

    Citations of this article.

Abstract

In 1913, California outlawed marijuana on the basis of express racial animus. The federal government prohibited marijuana in 1937 on a similar basis. We hypothesize that the racism behind marijuana prohibition influences current arrests. An analysis of data from 2000-2008 in California connects the racialized origins of marijuana prohibition to current marijuana arrests. Blacks and Hispanics are significantly more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana offense. We conclude that marijuana prohibition is too entangled with racism to be fairly enforced today. Evaluating selective-arrests, we show evidence of institutional racism regarding marijuana prohibition in California. We argue that a medical marijuana framework should replace prohibition, returning to the policy that existed prior the beginning of prohibition. Adapted from the source document.

Author-supplied keywords

  • *California
  • *Federal Government
  • *Hispanic Americans
  • *Marijuana
  • *Medicine
  • *Offenses
  • *Racism
  • 0410: group interactions
  • Marijuana, war on drugs, racism, institutional rac
  • article
  • social group identity & intergroup relations (grou

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

Authors

  • Kenneth Michael White

  • Mirya R Holman

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free