Police Association Supports Marijuana Legalization

by Mick Meaney

The National Black Police Association has endorsed Proposition 19, which if passed, would legalize marijuana in California, allowing people over 21 to grow marijuana and possess up to an ounce.

The National Black Police Association has more than 15,000 members and over two dozen chapters across the USA.

Ron Hampton, a retired Washington, D.C. police officer with 25 years experience and executive director of the police association, said: “It means that we will be locking up less African American men and women and children who are using drugs. We’ve got more people in prison. We’ve got more young people in prison. Blacks go to jail more than whites for doing the same thing.”

Neill Franklin, head of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, spoke at a conference yesterday in Sacramento.

“I saw with my own eyes the devastating impact these misguided marijuana laws have on our communities and neighborhoods,” he said.

“Prohibition takes a toll on people of color across the country. Californians finally have an opportunity to do something about it.”

Proposition 19 is on November 2, 2010 and if approved by voters the sale of marijuana will remain illegal under federal law.

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