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In this 2015 file photo, young marijuana plants stand under lamps at a marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Washington. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
In this 2015 file photo, young marijuana plants stand under lamps at a marijuana growing facility in Arlington, Washington. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
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Some supporters of marijuana legalization argue that making pot legal will do something positive about racial disparities in the criminal justice system. That's because, historically, minorities are much more likely to be arrested and sentenced for marijuana possession and sales.

Is that true? We can look to Colorado or Washington for answers, but we can also look right here in Massachusetts, because in 2008 the state decriminalized marijuana possession under one ounce. What effect did that have on who gets arrested?

The ACLU of Massachusetts has compiled the numbers and released their findings in a new report out Thursday titled: "The War on Marijuana in Black and White: A Massachusetts Update."

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Rahsaan Hall, director of the racial justice program for the ACLU of Massachusetts, which tweets @ACLU_Mass.

This segment aired on October 6, 2016.

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