North Coast Journal, 25 Feb 2016 - Two football players lost their positions on their team rosters after being busted with weed. University of Kentucky linebacker Jason Hatcher had a pound of weed on him when he was pulled over for speeding on Feb. 22, cops say. The college later announced his dismissal from the roster for breaking team rules. According to the Courier-Journal, Hatcher had been cited for marijuana possession before, but had taken a class to dismiss the charge.
SF Weekly, 25 Feb 2016 - On Dec. 5, 2014, San Francisco police were on the corner of Hyde Street and Golden Gate Avenue in the Tenderloin, arresting crack sellers. It was a busy day: Shortly after busting one man for selling a few rocks to an undercover police officer, a cop returned to the scene of the crime to gather data to fill out his report when he witnessed another drug deal in action. The cop busted that seller, who identified himself to police as "a Sureno from the south side," according to court records. Police later found that both sellers had extensive rap sheets for narcotic sales. The pair were two of the 1,050 people arrested on felony drug charges in San Francisco that year, according to data on file with the state Department of Justice. That figure represents an astronomical drop of 85 percent since 2008, when there were 7,521 felony busts. That's good news for the increasingly numerous opponents of America's drug war. Less good for social justice warriors is the fact that of the 1,050 drug busts, 405 netted a black suspect. (Thanks to a quirk in the SFPD's antiquated record-keeping system, the number of Latino arrestees is unknown.)
The McGill Daily, 22 Feb 2016 - Racism and Ignorance Are Behind Illicit Drug Prohibition The federal Liberal government's campaign pledge to legalize marijuana has come under scrutiny as the long-standing debate over drug prohibition continues. The focus of this debate is often on avoiding usage among youth, or on the health and social effects of cannabis. What is often overlooked is the racist roots of laws that prohibit the use of marijuana and other illicit drugs, which continue to disproportionately target poor people of colour both in Canada and the U.S..