[October 12, 2022] Earlier this year, I stood before my township council here in New Jersey to oppose any cooperation with the state to legalize the growing, processing, or distribution of marijuana. Like most other states, New Jersey legalized it but left several avenues for local authorities to impose narrow limits. My point was that there is a marijuana myth that says the drug poses no harm and is a victimless crime. It’s a myth, and it’s wrong.
Heather MacDonald’s recent article with the same title, The Marijuana Myth (link here), comes at the problem from various angles. What prompted her article was U.S. President Joe Biden’s proclamation of a pardon for all those convicted of marijuana possession. According to Biden, there is a tremendous racial disparity in profiling, arrests, and convictions of blacks compared to whites.
Ms. MacDonald provides a brutal takedown of the shibboleths that Biden and his handlers provide. She begins with the most obvious: Biden is playing politics and blatantly lies to us that he is now to “right” the racial “wrongs” that the criminal justice system has allegedly perpetrated.
“While white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people are arrested, prosecuted and convicted at disproportionately higher rates.” – President Biden
She puts this myth to bed with some basic facts.
“Historically, marijuana use and culture has been more embedded in black communities than in white, as twentieth-century chronicles of urban black life by Claude Brown, Richard Wright, W.E.B. Du Bois, and others make clear. That disparity continues today, despite the flower power revolution that created generations of Grateful Dead potheads.” – Heather MacDonald
Furthermore, even if marijuana use and abuse were equally spread among black and white populations, there is no one in federal or state prison convicted solely of marijuana possession. No one is arrested for possessing marijuana any more.
“Biden’s indictment of the racial ‘wrongs’ in marijuana enforcement, like the entirety of the New Jim Crow thesis, ignores the fact that the impetus for stricter drug enforcement has always come from black communities themselves.” – Heather MacDonald
Read the whole article. She points out that the black community disproportionately suffers from the effect of marijuana and other drugs on its children and their broader social capital.
“Denying that reality and insisting that drug enforcement is about white supremacy are not blows for racial justice; they are simply means to preserve an ideology of resentment and hatred.”
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