Why Black Angelenos have been making up more pot-related arrests

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Since recreational cannabis was legalized, Black residents in LA made up an in Photo by Pixabay.

There’s been a lot of talk about systemic racism in recent weeks. Some of those problems are gradually being addressed and fixed, while others have gotten worse.

In 2017, before recreational cannabis was legalized, Black residents in the City of Los Angeles made up less than 30% of marijuana related arrests. In 2018, after it was legalized, they made up 38%. Last year, it went up to more than 42%. That’s all according to LAPD arrest data compiled and analyzed by USC’s CrosstownLA.  

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Guest:
Ethan Ward - Writer for Crosstown

Host:
Steve Chiotakis

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Jenna Kagel, Caleigh Wells