BINJ and Baltimore Fishbowl Team-Up to Investigate Racial Disparity in Cannabis Arrests

Graphic by Charlie Herrick

Today, the Baltimore Fishbowl published “Structural Racism and Cannabis: Black Baltimoreans still disproportionately arrested for weed after decriminalization,” a deep data dive and longform reported story that explores misdemeanor possession charges since decriminalization. The data shows that arrest for cannabis continue to be disproportionately black.

The story more than six months in the making is a collaboration between the Baltimore Fishbowl and BINJ and features reporting by Fishbowl’s Ethan McLeod, BINJ’s Brandon Soderberg, and data researcher Andy Friedman. Charlie Herrick provided the graphics along with Friedman.

When BINJ began one of our missions was to provide resources to local outlets to create work those outlets could not do themselves. “Structural Racism and Cannabis: Black Baltimoreans still disproportionately arrested for weed after decriminalization,” is exactly the kind of story that could only come about through collaboration.

Since publication, “Structural Racism and Cannabis” has received coverage in numerous local and national outlets such as The Root , The Baltimore Sun, WYPR’s On The Record, DailyKos, and Filter Magazine.

Below is an interview with BINJ cofounder Soderberg and Neill Franklin of LEAP on The Real News Network.