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

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James Crowder got busted with a small amount of weed in his pocket. He spent a week on Rikers Island, despite marijuana possession being supposedly "decriminalized" in New York for more than 30 years.

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 story of James Crowder below



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Da Realist
Da Realist

Legalizing Marijuana for Recreational Use is what should be supported and fought for, because it decriminalizes it. Marijuana should be Legalized for recreational use, sold out of stores to any adult 21 and over, and taxed. Doing so will create more jobs, the tax revenue will generate 13 BILLION dollars for the economy according to prominent economist, it will make it harder for kids to use, and it will put a serious dent in the profit margin of violent drug gangs and cartels. The idea that adults can drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, eat sugar, and use forks and knives, but we can't smoke Marijuana whenever we want because it's supposedly "dangerous" for us which has been proven not to be true is asinine. We're not free unless we're allowed to do whatever we want to with our bodies and are allowed to put whatever we want inside our bodies; as long as we're not hurting anybody else is shouldn't be against the law.

Ron Thompson
Ron Thompson

 just as interracial marriage, women voting, integrated schools, etc - were once against the law.  There are unjust laws that screw people. Just because something is 'the law' does not make it right.

Budbear
Budbear

What do you expect from an idiot?

Kiloez
Kiloez

What an idiotic comment.

Stephiehope
Stephiehope

How are people getting "screwed" if they are breaking the law. Take some accountability for your actions. Maybe people of color are searched more BUT they are breaking the law. How about- stop breaking the law and you won't to go to jail.

Usmjp Vermont
Usmjp Vermont

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