New Yorkers Are Systematically Screwed By "Public View" Marijuana Law. These Are Their Stories (Part One)

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Drug Policy Alliance
This is Andre. He was stopped, frisked, illegally searched and charged with burning marijuana - even though he didn't possess any marijuana and (claims) he doesn't even use it.
In an effort to persuade New York lawmakers to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to decriminalize "public view" marijuana arrests, a drug policy group has started a video campaign to illustrate how people are getting screwed by a loophole in the Marijuana Reform Act, which supposedly decriminalized weed in the Empire State in 1979.

As it stands, if you're busted with weed in private, you've committed a violation that's about as serious a crime as a parking ticket. However, if you're caught with weed in public, it's a misdemeanor. The loophole has led to the disproportionate arrests of young minorities (of the roughly 50,000 people arrested each year in New York for low-level marijuana offenses, 87 percent are black or Hispanic).

The Drug Policy Alliance has put together a 15-part series of interviews with people explaining how they were screwed by the "public view" portion of New York's marijuana law. Hear the stories of "Andre" and "Colyssa" below -- and check back tomorrow for the next installment New Yorker's Screwed By "Public View" Weed Laws.

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Why not have an uncover officer (who believes in the fight for our rights), some security officer, etc., who is a person of color, walk dressed in "the gear" but with a hidden camera with audio? At the same time, have someone at a distance secretly recording it. The goal: get footage of police profiling and illegally arresting people of color. Videos don't lie.

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