Hispanics Less than 20% of U.S. Population, Received 77% of Federal Marijuana Sentences in 2016

Hispanics received 77% of the federal marijuana sentences in 2016, despite making up less than 20% of the overall U.S. population.

This is according to a new report released by the U.S. Sentencing Commission. The report found that whites made up less than 20% of the federal marijuana sentences given last year, despite making up over 75% of the population, and despite using marijuana at roughly the same rate as Hispanics.

In total there were 3,528 federal marijuana sentences in fiscal-year 2016, with the average sentence being 28 months.

Below is a chart on the racial disparity courtesy of U.S. News:

Chart courtesy of U.S. News.

The 3,528 federal marijuana sentences is separate from the hundreds of thousands of state-level marijuana sentences.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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