Two developments this week worth noting:
What's going on? According to the New York Times, the tide has turned, "Thirty-nine states have legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes. The legal marijuana industry raked in $9 billion in sales last year and is expected to bring in $11 billion this year. Nevada netted $30 million in tax revenue in the first six months of legal sales, while Colorado has earned more than $500 million in tax revenue since recreational marijuana sales became legal there in 2014."
But while all this money-making is going on, two populations continue to be negatively affected. First are black people, who are four times as likely to be arrested on charges of marijuana possession as whites, even though they use the drug at about the same rate. North Carolina jails and prisons are overflowing with people of color who have been targeted by our racist police forces and our racist laws. There's no other explanation that makes any sense.