Cannabis law enforcement in South Dakota disproportionately targeted Blacks and Native Americans, and cannabis arrests have risen over the past decade.
Hemp legalization caused confusion among police and prosecutors, who have instead adopted a 'Smart on Crime' approach.
Though about 54% of Albany residents are white, only four people arrested for cannabis charges between July 2019 and June 2020 were white.
Now that marijuana is becoming increasingly more legal across the United States, more of the population is dropping its guard when it comes to holding weed.
One of the hottest topics surrounding the marijuana discussion as of late has been eliminating the criminal records of those who've been convicted of marijuana crimes.
The latest FBI crime data shows that more than 600,000 marijuana-related arrests are happening every year, most of which are for small-time possession.
Though marijuana-related arrests have risen in recent years, those cases aren't being prosecuted at the same rate.
Now that marijuana is legal in more spots across the United States, people seem to have this idea that it's okay to be all willy-nilly about their pot use.
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