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Investigation finds marijuana convictions disproportionately impact people of color

By Mark Brodie
Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 12:26pm
Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 12:38pm

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Arizona voters legalized recreational marijuana with their approval of Proposition 207 in 2020.

When Arizona voters legalized recreational marijuana with their approval of Proposition 207 last year, it also meant some marijuana convictions would be expunged.

Now, a new investigation from the Arizona Republic finds cannabis convictions in the state disproportionately impact people of color and that their first conviction on a pot charge often led to other charges, once they were released from prison.

Joseph Jaafari is an investigative reporter at the Republic. The Show spoke with him to learn about his findings.

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