If you were around in the 90’s, you might remember Racheal Leigh Cook’s “This is your brain after snorting heroin”. It immediately takes you back to that intense moment when she defines what heroin does to one’s life.
Rachael Leigh Cook shocked the world when she showed the devastating effects of heroin, using a frying pan. What starts as a very low energy video takes a turn as Rachael Leigh Cook destroys an egg and some kitchen appliances with a frying pan.
Rachael Leigh Cook was the face of this new ‘War on Drugs’ campaign, but she is coming back to take a new stance on what it means to be on the wrong side of this war. Her new stance isn’t directly addressed to heroin, but the overwhelming negative effects that the War on Drugs has on the citizens of America.
According to the ACLU’s original analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 in 2010, 88% were for simply having marijuana in their possession. Nationwide, the arrest data revealed one consistent trend: significant racial bias. Blacks are 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana, despite the roughly equal usage rates.
In 2016, arrest for possessing small amounts of marijuana exceeded those for all violent crimes. Even though a number of cities and states have legalized its use or decriminalized small quantities. Although African-Americans smoke marijuana at similar rates to whites, a disproportionate number of African-Americans were arrested. Last year law enforcement agencies made 574,641 arrest just for small quantities of marijuana intended for personal use. Marijuana arrests were about 13.6% more than the 505,681 arrests made for all violent crimes, including murder, rape and serious assault.
Try to wrap your mind around that…