Poster 163: Pedro Padilla-Martinez – What do Marijuana Arrests Look Like in Utah? Are there Racial Disparities?

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Faculty mentor: Edmund Fong

Determined what Utah marijuana arrests look like from 2015-2018. Found that arrests are increasing. Majority of arrests are for possession and disproportionately impact minorities, especially African-American and Native American communities. There is a Latino data problem. Therefore, Utah lawmakers should consider reducing criminal penalties for marijuana possession and better practices of tracking those arrested.

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