Sticky Icky Situation: California Blacks at Odds Over Legalization of Marijuana

Black religious leaders have joined forces to fight Proposition 19, which would tax and legalize marijuana.

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Blacks in California are at odds over Proposition 19, a measure that would tax and legalize marijuana. Religious leaders have banned together to fight legalization of the drug, which many see as a gateway drug to harder drugs like crack cocaine. Alice A. Huffman, president of the California branch of the NAACP, has been a vocal supporter of the measure. She and other African Americans see the legalization of marijuana as a potential victory for civil rights that could help reduce the number of young black men jailed on marijuana-related offenses. Perhaps there is some middleground? For now, for those who support the measure, the protest by religious leaders is surely blowing their high.

Read more at The New York Times.