The California chapter of the NAACP has just endorsed the marijuana legalization ballot measure that will be voted on this November. From the Los Angeles Times:
Saying that prohibition takes a heavy toll on minorities, leaders of the NAACP’s California chapter announced Monday that they are backing passage of a marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot.
The war on drugs is a failure and disproportionately targets young men and women of color, particularly African-American males, said Alice Huffman, president of the NAACP’s state conference.
Huffman is 100 percent right. The “casualties” of the decades-long war on drugs have disproportionately been African American. Drug laws in this country, going all the way back to the prohibition of alcohol, have long being intertwined with subtle or overt racism.
The California NAACP is just the latest big-name organization to accept that trying to stop people from using marijuana by making it illegal has been an abject failure. This news comes just days after the Washington State Democratic Party endorsed a marijuana legalization ballot innovative in its state. The California ballot initiative has been a real political catalyst. It is causing groups and individuals to re-examine their acceptance of our current cannabis prohibition.