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America's decades-long war on drugs disproportionately harmed minorities. Now, it seems that decriminalization of marijuana hasn't leveled the playing field.

Black men are 12 times more likely than white men to spend time incarcerated in the United States. College enrollment for black men has declined since the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act went into effect.

I am a scholar of public policy. In my book, "From Criminalizing to Decriminalizing Marijuana: The Politics of Social Control," I aim to provide a historic overview of marijuana legislation and its impact on minorities.

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