National News Weed Isn't The Answer
While some consider marijuana, or weed, a natural healer or even a gift from God linked to religious practices, the plant has in some ways also been the bane of Black existence. There are literally hundreds of thousands of people—of the more than two million people incarcerated in America—locked up on some kind of weed charge.
According to research from the Drug Policy Alliance, in 2017, 659,700 people were arrested for a marijuana law violation. Of that number 599,282 people, or 91 percent, were arrested for possession of marijuana. All told, of the number of people arrested for drug law violations, 47 percent of them were either Black or Latino.
Still, these figures have not quelled the daily ritual of Black people smoking weed and getting high.
Now, as legalization initiatives are being passed from state to state, springing forth a brand new economic industry that is no longer underground and at the forefront of society, the relationship between Black people and weed seems to have gotten deeper, but there are some troubling aspects of this relationship.
Updated Sep 18, 2019 - 9:41:30 AM
National News Court condemns secret watchlist for Muslims
A federal judge ruled United States government use of a secret “watchlist” of more than one million people identified as “known or suspected terrorists” violates the constitutional rights of those listed.
Updated Sep 19, 2019 - 1:45:05 PM
National News Watching, listening and critiquing Democratic Party presidential hopefuls
The Black Church PAC, Faith in Action, and LIVE FREE remain clear about their goals for engagement of the Black faith community. “Well, we hope that the candidates will continue to address the issues of the economy, address the issues of ending mass incarceration and gun violence in urban Black and Brown communities.”
Updated Sep 18, 2019 - 9:29:17 AM
National News Havoc-making storm slams U.S. coastline
COLUMBIA, S.C.—Following days of devastation in the Bahamas where Hurricane Dorian left fatalities and war zone-like damage, it slowly danced northward along America’s eastern seaboard to Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.
Updated Sep 11, 2019 - 9:29:10 AM