Somalis in Minnesota commemorated Somali Independence Day this weekend as the 52nd anniversary of their country’s struggle for independence. (Photos by Nikki Tundel).
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In Minnesota, blacks are nearly eight times more likely to be arrested for possessing marijuana than whites while the use is roughly the same.
According to the ACLU’s original analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana. Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Despite roughly equal usage rates, Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana.