Panderbear notes in the bar chart of marijuana use by whites, blacks, and latinos that in every use frequency category and every date range, the percentage of pot use in the 18 to 25 age group is highest among whites and lower for blacks and latinos.
If justice is blind and equal protection rights are being rigorous upheld Panderbear would think that arrests for marijuana possession would reflect a similar relationship. According to the following chart of marijuana possession arrest rate by race in various California cities, that is not even close to the reality.
Source: Drug Policy Alliance, California Department of Justice,
Criminal Justice Statistics Center, and American Community
Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2006-08
Panderbear admits the case for a breakdown of the Equal Protection Clause would be stronger if the data for use and arrests applied to the exact same population. And there may be other contributing factors. Nevertheless, Panderbear thinks the general result of selection bias in enforcement of possession laws would turn out to be robust. This constitutes another excellent reason to legalize possession of marijuana - the laws are not being equally applied and result in racial discrimination. End the crime; end the discrimination.