A recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union found that nationwide, black people are much more likely to be arrested for a marijuana charge than white people, despite similar rates of use of the drug across the population. Nationally black people are 3.7 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana. Here in Florida the odds are even worse, with a disparity rate of 4.2.
A drug charge can have serious consequences and can impact future job prospects and other opportunities. The racial disparity in arrests has no correlation to higher rates of use or possession among black people in Florirda, leading the ACLU and others to conclude that racial profiiling is the driving force behind the increased arrest rate.