New Report Released at NAACP State Conference Highlights Marijuana Arrest Disparities in 25 Major Cities in California

Press Release October 20, 2010
Media Contact

Joy Atkinson at 213-840-4173 or Tony Newman at 646-335-5384

Alice Huffman, President, California NAACP State Conference
Stephen Gutwillig, State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
Major Neill Franklin, Exec. Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Danny Glover – Actor
Richard Lee – President, Oaksterdam University, and Proponent of Prop. 19
Robert Rooks – Director, Criminal Justice, National NAACP
Dr. Joycelyn Elders – Former Surgeon General
Release of a new report, “Arresting Blacks for Marijuana in California: Possession Arrests in 25 Cities, 2006-08.” Highlights of the report follow this advisory. For a copy of the full report in advance of the press conference, call Tony Newman at 646.335.5384.
Friday, October 22, 2010, 2:30 PM — Immediately preceding Civil Rights Panel: “Lost Communities/Failed Cannabis Prohibition: A Time for Change” 3:00 p.m.
In Person, Jewett Ballroom, Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel, 1001 Broadway, Oakland
By Phone, (800) 311-9402, Code: NAACP
The Drug Policy Alliance and the California Conference of the NAACP are jointly releasing a new report on the targeting of African Americans for low-level marijuana possession in California. Highlights of the report include:
Arresting Blacks for Marijuana in California
Possession Arrests in 25 Cities, 2006-08

Report Highlights:
A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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