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Think tank reviews Minn. marijuana arrest disparities

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WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) – A report from a non-partisan think tank shows Minnesota has one of the largest racial disparities in marijuana arrest rates in the U.S.

Minnesota 2020 said people who are black are 6.4 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than people who are white.

Monday the group made a trip to Winona to discuss the results of the study, and propose reforming laws to lessen the impact of those arrests.

"Supporting legislative reforms that minimize the collateral cost associated with an arrest, calling for better transparency in policing and better training to eliminate police bias, and considering whether marijuana prohibition is worth the harm it is inflicting on individuals and communities,” said Nicole Simms, a MN2020 Fellow.

Only counties in Minnesota with a population of more than 30,000 and a black population of more than 2 percent were part of the study.

Winona County was not included.

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