The Numbers Behind Sanders' Claim About African-Americans And Weed

The Democratic candidate says black people are four times more likely to be arrested than white people, even though drug use rates are comparable.
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The Numbers Behind Sanders' Claim About African-Americans And Weed

During Thursday's PBS debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders said that African-Americans are four times as likely to be arrested on marijuana charges than Caucasians. That statistic comes from a 2013 American Civil Liberties Union study that found that African-Americans are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested than white people, even though both smoke marijuana at about the same rate. 

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