The unintended consequences of marijuana decriminalization Published 3 mins ago on April 10, 2020 By The Conversation Share Tweet America’s decades-long war on drugs disproportionately harmed minorities. Now, it seems that decriminalization of marijuana hasn’t leveled the playing field. Black men are 12 times more likely than white men to spend time incarcerated in the United States. College enrollment for black men has declined since the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act went into effect. .en.