"More than half of all black men without a high-school diploma go to prison at some time in their lives. "
AC, you got the numbers right, but I see this as another way to disenfranchise black voters, lots of black voters. Doesn't a felon lose the right to vote in most states?
If I remember correctly, the original laws against weed were drafted to target blacks, and maybe Mexicans.
Wasn't hemp also outlawed because newspaper magnate Hearst had thousands of acres of trees to make into paper pulp, but it was an inferior product compared to the paper made by hemp? So he pushed legislation through the power of the press, (his newspapers that is,) to outlaw the growing of hemp.