Is Pot Prosecution A Waste Of Time And Resources In Cook County?

08/12/2011 09:41 am ET | Updated Oct 12, 2011

It was July 26 in the Cook County misdemeanor court at Harrison and Kedzie, but it could have been any day. The docket's always heavy with marijuana cases.

Fourteen of the 78 cases that morning--nearly one of every five--involved cannabis, amounting to a steady parade of young black men coming before the judge to answer accusations about possessing less than an ounce of pot.

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