Marijuana prohibition has a history of racism, and it continues to be enforced unequally. An ACLU study found African Americans are 3.64 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar rates of marijuana use. Ending marijuana prohibition dramatically reduces the number of harassing stops, searches, and arrests, but much more can be done to foster equity when legalizing marijuana, including by ensuring the legal marijuana industry creates opportunities for those who have been harmed the most by prohibition. However, equity provisions must be careful to avoid running afoul of constitutional restrictions.
Here are some provisions that should be considered: