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Latinos arrested for marijuana possession at higher rate than whites, report says. Does this help Prop. 19?

October 28, 2010 | 11:42 am


A new report shows that Latinos are arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession at higher rates than whites in California’s cities.

Supporters of the push to legalize marijuana in California are now using the study, hoping to get Latino voters to back Prop. 19.

As The Times' John Hoeffel reported, Latinos will make up more than a sixth of voters who cast ballots Tuesday.

Talkback"We look forward to disseminating this study far and wide," said Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William C. Velasquez Institute, which studies policies that affect Latinos and which sponsored the report with the Drug Policy Alliance, a national advocacy group backing Proposition 19.

The report says Latinos are arrested at higher rates despite federal surveys indicating that they use marijuana at lower rates than whites.

Is this a good argument for Prop.19?  Tell us what you think.