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 June 11, 2014

new york policy department nypd marijuanaMarijuana prohibition is a racist policy. If you are a minority, you are almost four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana compared to non-minorities, even though consumption rates are the same. Biased marijuana arrest rates have been prevalent in New York City for decades. Reform supporters were hopeful that things would change in New York City under Bill De Blasio’s administration. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.

The New York Police Department has arrested an average of 80 people per day for low level marijuana possession in 2014. That’s a slight increase over 2013, which averaged 78 low level marijuana arrests per day. 86% of those arrested were minorities. 29% of those were teenagers. Those minority teenagers now have to carry the ‘marijuana scarlet letter’ which will hinder their chances at employment, housing, financial aid, and who knows how many other things.

More people have been arrested daily under Bill De Blasio’s administration for low level marijuana possession than were arrested under Mayor Bloomberg or Mayor Giuliani’s administrations. That’s unacceptable. Per The Gothamist:

“This is a practice and a policy that’s very easy to fix,” says Loren Siegel of the Marijuana Arrest Research Project. ”All it requires is for the mayor to tell the police commissioner to stop it.”

Marijuana prohibition is very harmful, both to minorities and non-minorities, but especially for minorities. It’s time that New York City, New York State, America, and the world ended marijuana prohibition. No one should ever be denied a job because they were once arrested for marijuana possession. No one should ever be denied financial assistance for college because they were caught with a joint. Marijuana prohibition is a racist, failed policy. To argue otherwise is a slap in the face to logic and reasoning.



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  12 Responses to “More New Yorkers Arrested For Marijuana Under De Blasio Than Bloomberg”


    The more things change, the more things stay the same!


    He’s taking a page out of Obama’s book.


    And now our state is trying to prevent you from participating in the Medical Cannabis Program if you have ever had a drug offense, meaning that theoretically, a 76 year old cancer patient who was arrested at age 30 for possession of a joint would no longer be able to grow/use legal marijuana medicine, nor would any caregiver if they had a minor drug offense in their youth. Far reaching complications.


    Meet the new mayor, same as the old mayor.


    Democrats and Republicans are essentially the same party. They pass repressive laws, sell out to big business, and love war.


    Maybe the issue is that the mayor doesn’t have the control over the police that you think he has. I would say the DA’s of the borroughs have more power by simply refusing to prosecute, as is happening in Brooklyn. http://gothamist.com/2014/04/23/pot_brooklyn_marijuana.php

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