President Obama: “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,”

Posted By Levi

January 19th, 2014 5:57pm

Category: Justice


Recently I pointed to the racial bias in marijuana arrests.  Basically we have a system where marijuana is practically legal for the wealthy and white and illegal for everyone else.

While black people and white people use marijuana at the same rate, black people are much more likely to be arrested for possessing it. Here is the evidence.

marijuna arrests

Today, the New Yorker published an interview with the president in which he said:

“I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” Obama told reporter David Remnick. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” In fact, the president went on to admit pot was actually less dangerous “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”

Obama also dived into the vastly disproportionate effect marijuana arrests and incarcerations have on non-white Americans. “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said. “And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.”

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