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CJCJ in the news: Black People Twice As Likely To Be Arrested For Pot In Colorado And Washington — Where It’s Legal

Think Progress covers Mike Males's data findings that racial disparities in marijuana-related arrests still exist in legalization states. 

CJCJ in the news: Weed Legalization Can’t Seem to Fix One Thing: Racial Gaps in Drug Arrests

Mic picks up data analysis from CJCJ's Mike Males showing a continued racial disparity in marijuana-related arrests, even in legalization states. 

CJCJ in the news: More Blacks Still Going to Jail for Marijuana Despite Legalization

High Times looks at various reports, including data from CJCJ's Mike Males, finding racial disparities for marijuana-related arrests in legalization states.

CJCJ in the news: Pot legalization hasn’t done anything to shrink the racial gap in drug arrests

The Washington Post reviews findings by CJCJ's Mike Males which show that, despite the huge drops in marijuana-related arrests in both Washington and Colorado, the pot arrest rate for African-Americans was more than double that of non-African Americans. 

Why Teen Drug Use Surveys Are Meaningless

After California decriminalized marijuana, teenage behaviors improved dramatically. Pay no attention to dubious drug-use surveys, which bear no relationship to any measure of youthful well-being.

Legal marijuana did not lead to increase in deadly “driving while stoned”

Colorado and Washington saw a drop in fatal car accidents involving marijuana, but still fail to produce sufficient data to track reforms.

CJCJ in the News: The War on Drugs Is Burning Out

Rolling Stone discusses a recent CJCJ report on marijuana reform.

CJCJ in the news: Marijuana legalization doesn't solve racial disparities in the criminal justice system

Vox highlights a recent CJCJ report on the impact of marijuana policy reform.

Reforming marijuana laws: Which approach best reduces the harms of criminalization?

A new CJCJ report shows marijuana decriminalization across all ages could result in more harm reduction than 21-and-older legalization.

OP-ED: Pretending to “Care About Kids”—But Really Caring About Pot

Mike Males discusses the scapegoating of youth to promote the national drug policy dialogue.

Legalizing Marijuana in California: Considerations for youth and beyond

California’s next step in drug policy reform needs to be towards nondiscriminatory legalization of medical and recreational marijuana with funding mechanisms to prevent drug abuse. Design considerations for legalization must be informed to avoid federal enforcement, discriminatory effects, and other unintended consequences.

Is there an end in sight to the War on Drugs?

As so many drug-related reforms move forward, there is still a need for a comprehensive examination of how drug policy is implemented locally.

Immigration Detainer Requests for Low Priority Marijuana Arrests

Fact Sheet on ICE hold requests for people with marijuana convictions in California, Oct. 2009 to Feb. 2013.

Op-ed: The myth of youthful drug offenders
An Op-ed by Senior Research Fellow, Mike Males, featured in Reuters on August 19, 2013.
Susan Sarandon: Colorado Was Just the Beginning

Actress Susan Sarandon supports the legalization and regulation of marijuana and asks others to do the same.

Racial disparities in arrest practices merit closer attention

Nationally, African Americans are 4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate, according to a new report. 

Racial gap in pot busts extends to SF

In San Francisco, a city that prides itself on a progressive attitude toward marijuana, authorities have been arresting fewer and fewer people for pot possession. But African Americans are arrested at far higher rates than whites.

The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates
The Incomplete Story Told by California's Declining Juvenile Arrest Rates Huffington Post, December 12, 2012
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study
Decriminalizing Marijuana Benefits Youths, ACLU Investigates New Study The Inquisitr, December 11, 2012
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing
Reform Cuts Marijuana Possession Arrests 86% in 2011, Upends California Drug Policing California Progress Report, December 10, 2012
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes
Does Decriminalization Work? Dramatic Decrease in California Marijuana Arrests Has Some Analysts Saying Yes Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, December 7, 2012
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California
Marijuana Decriminalization Law Brings Down Juvenile Arrests in California Nation of Change, November 26, 2012
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County
Report: Youth Crime Drops in San Mateo County Redwood City-Woodside Patch, December 5, 2012
Reform cuts marijuana possession arrests 86% in 2011, upends California drug policing
Just-released 2011 arrest statistics from the state Criminal Justice Statistics Center show that pioneering legislation downgrading simple marijuana possession from a criminal offense into an infraction--an effort to deter passage of Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana outright--has detonated a revolution in California drug-law enforcement. California's new arrest figures read like something out of a drug policy reformer's dream--but with unexpected twists (see table).…
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study
California Marijuana Decriminalization Drops Youth Crime Rate To Record Low: Study Huffington Post, November 29, 2012

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