For African-American families hit hard by the war on drugs, pot comes out of the shadows, but slowly

By | April 19, 2017

Jesce Horton still remembers the advice his father often imparted to him while he was growing up.

“Don’t talk back to police,” for example. Or, “Don’t reach for your wallet.”

Marijuana, said the 34-year-old Horton, was always a big part of those conversations. “It was something that can be used to hurt [you], to ruin your life.”

For Horton, who grew up mostly in Virginia and South Carolina, this warning was more than just a hypothetical. His father had spent time in prison for a marijuana-related charge, and the consequences of that experience weighed heavily on his family.

According to an exclusive Yahoo News/Marist Poll, 86 percent of African-Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical use, while 53 percent support legalizing it for recreational use — percentages consistent with overall national opinion. But for African-American families, for whom both religion and the devastating impact of the war on drugs wield strong influence, warming up to weed has been a bit more complicated. (Yahoo News)

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