The Marijuana Dispatch

Gov. Cuomo Says Marijuana Arrests: Not Fair, Not Right and Must End Now


NYC cops have arrested over 600,000 people in the last 15 years for marijuana possession. Over 50,000 people were arrested in 2011 alone and 85 percent arrested are black and Latino, which is skewed considering that data shows white kids use marijuana at higher rates. In 1977 NYC added a law to the books to remove criminal penalties for pot:
The legislature finds that arrests, criminal prosecutions, and criminal penalties are inappropriate for people who possess small quantities of marihuana (sic) for personal use. Every year, this process needlessly scars thousands of lives and wastes millions of dollars in law enforcement resources, while detracting from the prosecution of serious crime.
NYC spends about $75 million dollars a year on marijuana “crime” like this — what a total waste of that money! We could be helping citizens with that money, improving the streets and making NYC a more interesting and safe place to live. Plus taxing cannabis would create even more money to be used to improve the city.
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