On marijuiana decriminalization, that is.
The harsh nature of punishments for marijuana offenses is even more disturbing if one considers the racial bias of the war on drugs. According to data collected by the National Household Survey, on an annual basis the overall difference between drug use by blacks and whites is quite narrow. However, a recent national study found that African-Americans are arrested for marijuana offenses at higher rates than whites in 90% of 700 U.S. counties investigated. In 64% of these counties, the African-American arrest rate for marijuana violations was more than twice the arrest rate for whites. Questions of racial bias affect the integrity of investigations, arrests, and prosecutorial discretion. If we truly aspire to the ideal of “Justice for All,” then these unjust racial disparities are unacceptable outcomes for the American justice system.
You can read the entire thing on Kucinich’s official website.
It depresses me, because Kucinich’s position – which I consider common sense, and which is supported by 40% of Americans, according to a Time/CNN poll - could only be taken by an outsider with no chance of winning the election. For most of the American public, decriminalizing pot is a policy option that reasonable people can disagree on; but for our political system, it’s the equivilent of proposing legislation requiring everyone to constuct and wear tin-foil hats to defend America from the forthcoming invasion from Alpha Centori.
(Said in “stoner” voice:) Our system is soooo fucked up.