I agree with you, Ken, so I'm going to change my tune a little. Yes, you are more likely to get jail time for mj possession if you're poor, Black and/or living in the South.
If possession were decriminalized everywhere, it doesn't mean that the authorities couldn't find other ways to keep the prison biz booming, but every little monkeywrench in those cogs helps.
OK, so now the discussion has expanded to touch on the issue of drug laws and institutional racism.
We know that, among drug users, powdered cocaine is preferred by Whites, while crack cocaine is preferred by Blacks. So why are penalties so different for equal amounts (by weight) of these substances?
A friend of mine claims that higher penalties for crack cocaine are justified because crack is more addictive. Is that true? And even if it is true, is that a good argument?
I believe that, per capita, there are more Blacks doing hard time for crack than there are Whites doing hard time for powdered coke.
So . . . is it that cocaine usage rates different for different races? Or is it just the arrest/prosecution/conviction rates? Anyone know?
Regardless, there is a widespread perception among Blacks that drug laws are racist. That can't be a good thing. In order to work, the law should be perceived by the law-abiding majority as being fair, and fairly applied.