How racism, immigration shaped history of drug war in N.Y., U.S.

Jul 02, 2020

“Marijuana prohibition has historically targeted people of color and minorities and disproportionately affected them,” said Violet Cavendish, spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group. “But I think it’s important to acknowledge this and not completely erase the term marijuana, because then doing so erases the history behind it and it’s easier to move on without understanding that policies have been using this word to target minorities.”

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