According to the latest data from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Black Minnesotans are nearly five times more likely to be arrested on marijuana charges than whites.

"In 2021 there were 6,055 marijuana arrests in the state," according to BCA’s latest data. The drug accounted for a little over one-third of all Minnesota drug arrests. "Close to 90% of marijuana arrests in Minnesota are for simple possession, rather than sales or distribution."


Marijuana is decriminalized in Minnesota, and since then many incidents listed as "arrests" for possession in the state's database are actually citations for possession. However, “marijuana citations can be very damaging if used as a pretext for more intrusive police behavior such as searches and interrogations."

In 2018, Minneapolis police launched a series of raids against low-level marijuana …

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