The California branch of the NAACP recently announced support of a proposal to legalize marijuana in that state and end current enforcement laws the group believes target minorities, according to the Associated Press.

On June 29, the group pledged their support of the drug’s legalization and presented a study by the Drug Policy Alliance which showed that arrest rates for Blacks caught with Marijuana far exceed those of Whites—even though Blacks use the drug at a lower rate.

“Justice is the quality of being just and fair and these laws have been neither just nor fair,” Alice Huffman, president of the NAACP’s California chapter, told the AP.

Under California’s Proposition 19, which will appear on the November’s general election ballot, adults would be allowed to grow small gardens of marijuana and be able to carry up to an ounce for personal use. Subsequently, cities and counties would decide themselves whether to permit the sale of the drug.

“It’s time for them to stop using my community to fill the prisons,” Huffman said at a NAACP press conference, according to “Once you get into the system, the next time you get arrested, they bump you up .”

The Alliance’s study also claimed that defendants are usually given a summons and are required to pay a fine. But at the end of the process, they have still pleaded guilty to a drug offense. This, in turn, can hinder their chances of gaining employment when the offense shows up on criminal background checks.

Proposition 19 was placed on the November ballot by Richard Lee, president and founder of Oaksterdam University, a school in Oakland that teaches individuals how to get into the medical marijuana business.

But Ron Allen, president of the International Faith Based Coalition, opposes the initiative. He believes legalizing marijuana could ultimately open the doors to more drugs and violence.

“Legalizing marijuana will never be the solution to stopping Black arrests,” Allen told

Allen plans to lead a press conference on July 7 to oppose the NAACP’s support in the drug’s legalization.

“It is time to take a closer look at how decisions are made at the California NAACP and what the contributing factors were that caused Alice Huffman to side with Proposition 19,” Allen said in statement. “California NAACP President Alice Huffman is selling out the very people that the NAACP has a history of protecting…As an NAACP member, I call for an internal investigation as to the NAACP’s ties to the marijuana lobby.”