NORML Pushes Top Federal Health Official To Admit Criminalization Is More Harmful Than Marijuana

NORML Pushes Top Federal Health Official To Admit Criminalization Is More Harmful Than Marijuana

The head of a federal health agency recently acknowledged racial disparities in drug enforcement and the harm that such disparate practices have caused—and now NORML is asking her to go on the record to further admit that this trend in criminalization is more harmful than marijuana itself. While NORML said it’s not arguing that cannabis is harmless, the group maintains that the role of discriminatory cannabis enforcement in systemic racial injustices that are the focus of mass protests across the country cannot be overstated. Open Letter to NIDA Demanding that Marijuana Prohibition Be Recognized as More Damaging than Marijuana Itself https://t.co/dCLNN4hBwW — NORML (@NORML) June 8, 2020 “The long history of discrimination against racial minorities in America bears directly on NIDA’s mission to address addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing to be dealt with through punishment,” National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director Nora Volkow wrote in a blog post last week. “Whites and Black/African Americans use drugs at similar rates, but it is overwhelmingly the latter group who are singled out for arrest and incarceration. This use of drug use and addiction as a lever to suppress people of a particular race has had devastating effects on communities of color.” If NIDA is willing to concede that usage rates for marijuana and other drugs are similar across racial lines but that black people are much more likely to bear the brunt of enforcement, then the agency should similarly recognize that this pattern of disparate criminalization and…

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