Minneapolis police said they’ll stop making small-level marijuana arrests in the city’s downtown area after an analysis found that nearly everyone arrested for possession in the area was black.
The Star-Tribune reported Friday that police said they’ll no longer conduct sting operations aimed at nabbing marijuana users, and that charges against 47 people arrested in the first five months of 2018 would be dismissed.
“I believe strongly that marijuana should be a lowest-level enforcement priority and that it should be fully legalized at the state level,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said in a statement quoted by the newspaper. “The fact that racial disparities are so common nationwide in the enforcement of marijuana laws is one of the reasons I support full legalization.”
Undercover Minneapolis police had arrested the 47 in stings aimed at curbing marijuana use downtown. Of the 47 arrestees, 46 were black.