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"Racist" Drug Enforcement

One reason offered for legalizing drugs (or for legalization lite, a/k/a the Smarter Sentencing Act) is that drug enforcement is racist.  Sometimes the argument is that enforcement is explicitly racist, thus mirroring arguments in the stop-and-frisk debate in New York City. Other times, it's that the racism is implicit, because the police focus resources in areas that are certain to produce a disproportionate number of minority (mostly black) arrests.

My own experience is that drug enforcement agents go where reasonable suspicion leads them, which is exactly what any rational person would want.  That would certainly appear to be the case today, arising from the area (Main Line Philadelphia) where I grew up.

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