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Black New Yorkers are nearly five times more likely to be arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges than whites, and the disparity is much wider in the state’s most populous counties, a report Thursday found.
In Monroe County, for example, a black person is 6˝ times more likely to be arrested on a pot charge than a white person, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union report, which analyzed FBI data from 2001 through 2010.
Statewide, black people are 4˝ times more likely to be busted for pot, and in parts of New York City, they’re nine times more likely.
New York leads the nation in marijuana arrests, with 103,698 possession busts in 2010, the report said. The state with the second-highest total, Texas, had 74,286.
In New York, there are 535 arrests per 100,000 people, a rate that’s double the national average.
Source: Democrat and Chronicle