The police in Cartersville, Georgia felt the need to arrest 63 people after they found a single ounce of marijuana at a 21st birthday party.
Cartersville police entered the house party without permission of those attending the party and arrested 63 people after finding an ounce of weed, which nobody would claim. While the party was attended by over 100 people, those arrested were mostly men of color aged between 19 and 25.
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A 2013 American Civil Liberties Union report found that black Americans are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than a white person, despite the fact that weed is consumed by both demographic at similar rates.
Police had originally been called to the scene over reports of gunshots, likely because some partygoers set off some fireworks.
All 63 people were charged with a count of marijuana possession. Some of them lost their jobs after losing days of work due to being in jail. The young people were arrested on Saturday night and the last one wasn’t processed until Monday.
“I was throwing up water,” one of the arrested attendees, a pregnant woman, told Channel 2. “The whole saying ‘innocent until proven guilty’ went out the window. They told me I was an unfit person to have a baby.”