Posts Tagged ‘Marijuana’

The State That Smokes The Most Marijuana Is . . . .

Posted By Levi

August 12th, 2014 6:23pm

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Many states have now legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use including Colorado and Washington State. But surprisingly, the state in which residents smoke the most marijuana is tiny Rhode Island. According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, just over 1 in 8 Rhode Island residents over age 12 smoke marijuana monthly. This is more than three times the rate in Kansas, where only 4 percent of residents regularly indulge. What is not surprising is that young people , 18- to 25-year-old,  use marijuana the most. Nearly 19 percent of that group has used marijuana in the past month. Marijuana use in US And since we are at it, this map shows the worldwide us of marijuana.  Marijuana use worldwide Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Americans Finally Understand That Marijuana Is Less Harmful Than Alcohol

Posted By Levi

April 6th, 2014 5:45pm

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A new Pew survey out earlier this week provides yet another illustration of the failure of America’s drug war. By a nearly five-to-one margin, Americans agree that alcohol is worse for you than marijuana. The poll also finds that two-thirds of Americans believe that the government should focus more on drug treatment for people who use illegal drugs that throwing them in jail. I have always found it perplexing that the federal government regards marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs consumed by Americans yet that label is not applied to alcohol. According to the Center for Disease Control, alcohol is responsible for about 88,000 deaths each year, making it one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The CDC also states that excessive drinking causes  1.2 million emergency room visits and 2.7 million physician office visits due to excessive drinking. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like L Read More

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

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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. 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 sm Read More

TV Host”If I was a black kid with cornrows…my ass would’ve been in the back of a squad car”

Posted By Levi

January 4th, 2014 5:11pm

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Yesterday I wrote that we now basically have a system in which marijuana is practically legal for the wealthy and white and illegal for everyone else. I also pointed out that although black people and white people use marijuana at the same rate, black people are much more likely to be arrested for possessing it. Last night, MSNBC host, Chris Hayes, provides further proof to that claim. Please watch. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Smoking Marijuana – OK for Elites but Illegal for Others

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January 3rd, 2014 2:31pm

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Yesterday Colorado became the first state to legalize the sale of marijuana to residents for recreational use. Washington State is set to do as well in a few months and other states might follow. There is quite a bit of genuine concern being expressed about the possible negative consequences of this measure. It might cause health risks and encourage more people to use the drug. However, as Adam Serwer points out, there doesn’t’ seem to be much concern about the consequences of our current drug policies that turned millions of Americans, especially young black men, into criminals simple for possessing and/or using marijuana. Our last three presidents – Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, all admitted to smoking weed at one time another and all three presided over a system that imposed harsh punishment for marijuana use. This morning two respected journalists, David Brooks and Ruth Marcus admitted to smoking marijuana as well during their youth, and like the three pr Read More

Blacks and Whites use marijuana at the same rate but Blacks are arrested at a higher rate.

Posted By Levi

June 16th, 2013 6:55pm

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Just finished reading this new massive report by the ACLU entitled “The War on Marijuana – In Black and White. The report confirms something that many of us have long been aware of. Even though Blacks used marijuana about the same rate as Whites, Blacks are arrested for marijuana possession at a much higher rate. From the report: “The war on marijuana has largely been a war on people of color. Despite the fact that marijuana is used at comparable rates by whites and Blacks, state and local governments have aggressively enforced marijuana laws selectively against Black people and communities. In 2010, the Black arrest rate for marijuana possession was 716 per 100,000, while the white arrest rate was 192 per 100,000. Stated another way, a Black person was 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person — a disparity that increased 32.7% between 2001 and 2010. It is not surprising that the War on Marijuana, waged with far less fanfare than the ea Read More