Human Rights Groups Call for Decriminalizing Illicit Drugs

Two human rights groups are calling for decriminalizing the possession and personal use of all illicit drugs, according to the Associated Press.

In a new report, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch say the enforcement of drug laws has disproportionately impacted communities of color and the poor.

“Around the country, police make more arrests for drug possession than for any other crime,” the report states. “More than one of every nine arrests by state law enforcement is for drug possession, amounting to more than 1.25 million arrests each year. And despite officials’ claims that drug laws are meant to curb drug sales, four times as many people are arrested for possessing drugs as are arrested for selling them.”

Full story of decriminalizing illicit drugs at drugfree.org

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