Black individuals in Wisconsin make up almost 7% of the state population but are roughly 40% of Wisconsin’s prison inmates. Lawmakers and neighborhood organizers at a press conference Wednesday presented a bill that would decriminalize tiny amounts of marijuana. The purpose: to cut down the quantity of individuals of colour in jail.
Just like with the legalization of marijuana, states surrounding Wisconsin have taken measures to also decriminalize possession of the drug. In Wisconsin, some Democratic lawmakers are now hoping to push the state in that path for tiny amounts of weed — something 28 grams or much less.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes is on board.
“Research shows in Wisconsin black individuals are 4 occasions additional most likely than their white counterparts to be arrested for marijuana offense even though also becoming additional most likely to serve prison time for it,” Barnes explains. “Even in my property town of Milwaukee, there’s a study that points out how black individuals make up 72% of marijuana arrests in 40% of the population … in spite of marijuana use becoming even across the racial board.” [Read more at WUWM]