Following last month's revelation that African-Americans are more than four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana-related offenses than whites in Los Angeles County, a national black police officers' association announced Thursday that it is endorsing the November ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana possession in California.
The National Black Police Association is just saying yes to Prop. 19, the proposed law that would allow those 21 and older to have up to one ounce of weed.
"When I was a cop in Baltimore, and even before that when I was growing up there, I saw with my own eyes the devastating impact these misguided marijuana laws have on our communities and neighborhoods," stated Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, in an announcement about the black officers' nod. "But it's not just in Baltimore, or in Los Angeles: Prohibition takes a toll on people of color across the country."