In Philadelphia and other urban environments white women are the group least arrested for marijuana. Mainstream media has given significant attention recently to American women’s appreciation for cannabis. From Tyra Banks to The View and Marie Claire to the New York Times we can see businesswomen, celebrities and soccer moms smoking pot for medication and recreation.
But a look at the data for Philadelphia in August 2008 reveals that just 9 white women were arrested for marijuana possession of less than 30 grams. In sharp contrast, 362 black men were arrested that month alone for the very same offense.
The data comes from the Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Report and has been confirmed by Philadelphia Police representatives.
Nationally, statistics show that there is a stronger preference among men for marijuana (or at least to admit use on surveys). The same data shows that women of most ethnicities are well represented within America’s millions of marijuana consumers.
Several studies indicate that black and white women choose cannabis at near equal rates.
Still, black women were three times more likely to be arrested for pot in Philadelphia.
The city saw just 90 white women arrested in all of 2008 for minor marijuana possession while 345 black women were arrested for the same offense.
Overall in 2008 for Philadelphia: 4716 adults were arrested for simple pot possession: 3908 were black men. READ MORE