When Bill de Blasio was running for mayor he promised to end the marijuana arrest crusade. He said, “I would instruct the NYPD right now to stop arresting people for displays of small amounts. It’s ridiculous. It doesn’t make us safer. Low-level marijuana possession arrests have disastrous consequences for individuals and families.
But since de Blasio has been in office, he’s done nothing to end these arrests which have increased. According to a new study by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, racially biased marijuana arrests continue to be one of the leading arrests in NYC, despite a significant drop in stop-and-frisks.
In March 2014, the NYPD Police Commissioner Bratton made more marijuana possession arrests than almost every other month in 2013 under Bloomberg and Kelly. Approximately 86% of those arrested are Black and Latino-mostly young men-despite studies that show young white men use marijuana at higher rates. Last year the NYPD made 28,644 arrests for low‐level marijuana possession making New York City the marijuana arrest capital of the world, despite marijuana possession being decriminalized since 1978. Bratton said, “The idea of decriminalizing marijuana, I think, is a major mistake and something I will never support.”
The War on Drugs is a war on poor Blacks and Latinos and it won’t stop under de Blasio and Bratton.
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Parent, activist, and writer. He is currently organizing with New Yorkers Against Bratton — an ad-hoc group of community members opposed to the return of Bill Bratton.
Writes about the international drug war and health care policy for numerous publications. She is a licensed clinical social worker and lives in NYC.
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