A photo of President Barack Obama, a former marijuana smoker, is seen on the cover of the magazine 'Cannabis Now' at the HempCon medical marijuana show, May 24, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

ACLU Marijuana Study: Blacks More Likely to Be Busted

'It is time for marijuana possession arrests to end,' says civil liberties group.

A photo of President Barack Obama, a former marijuana smoker, is seen on the cover of the magazine 'Cannabis Now' at the HempCon medical marijuana show, May 24, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

A photo of President Barack Obama, a former marijuana user, is seen on the cover of 'Cannabis Now' magazine at the HempCon medical marijuana show, May 24, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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"The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly ensnares hundreds of thousands of people in the criminal justice system, crowds our jails, is carried out in a racially biased manner, wastes millions of taxpayers' dollars and has not reduced marijuana use or availability," the ACLU report concludes. "Marijuana possession arrests also waste precious police resources and divert law enforcement from responding to and solving serious crimes. It is time for marijuana possession arrests to end."

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